Detroit-based Funk Night Records (Fnr) has continually released a slew of phenomenal records, over the years, including 45's and 12-inches from the likes of The Great Revivers, The Soul Surfers, Guilty Simpson & Musca, Phat Kat, Aeon Seven, Nico Collins & The Soul Chance, and Scone City Players. Founder and in-house DJ/producer Frank Raines has meticulously selected artists from as far reaching as Detroit, Germany, and everywhere in-between for touch-stone releases on Fnr. For their latest double-release, Funk Night Records quietly issued two separate 45's from San Francisco-based Instrumental/Classic Soul quartet, The M-Tet: "Redbone" B/W "Ray Ban, Part 2" and "Gotta Be with You" B/W "Shades of Joy." Yes, "Redbone" is, in fact, an impassioned Instrumental Hip-Hop/Soul cover of Childish Gambino's break-out hit from 2016's "Awaken, My Love!" but, unfortunately, all 250 limited-press Fnr 45's have already completely SOLD OUT. "We never rehearsed "Redbone" ever; we just learned it on our own and came together to play it on a gig. I still don't think we've ever rehearsed it," The M-Tet bassist Chris Lujan recently explained to The Witzard, via email.
Side B of said "Redbone" 45 is, actually, The M-Tet's second recorded cover of "Ray Ban" from Italian session band I Marc 4's brown-tinted self-titled 1970 album. Truth be told, I've known about The M-Tet's top-secret "Redbone" 45 since about Christmas 2018 and have been actively messaging back-and-forth with Chris Lujan (@crlujan) leading up to this very release and I'm happy to say, I was able to score a copy for myself before they became widely unavailable. The M-Tet's second Fnr 45 of 2019 features a Lee Fields & The Expressions-inspired original entitled "Gotta Be with You;" Side B features "Shades of Joy" AKA "The Desert Is a Circle" by Shades of Joy & Alexandro Jodorowsky as hand-selected by Frank Raines himself from 1970 soundtrack, The Music of El Topo. While "Redbone" B/W "Ray Ban, Part 2" is currently SOLD OUT, copies of The M-Tet's "Gotta Be with You" B/W "Shades of Joy" are still available on Funk Night Records' Big Cartel page; although, all four of the aforementioned compositions are now available to stream on Fnr's YouTube page, as well. * EDITOR'S NOTE: However, The M-Tet urge eager fans to keep an eye on TheMTet.com, as additional copies of their "Redbone" 45 will soon become available for a limited time...
I wake up feelin' like you won't play right
I used to know, but now that sh*t don't feel right
It made me put away my pride
You made somebody wait for some, so long
You make it hard for boy like that to go on
I'm wishing I could make this mine, oh..."
- Childish Gambino (@donaldglover)