Roy Ayers - Everybody (Expansion)
27th March 2020
B: And Then We Were One
Expansion Records continue to deliver and give the people what they want, give people what they need. Roy Ayers' vast back catalogue is rich pickings and it's his 'Everybody' track from 1983's 'Lots Of Love' LP that the label choose to present here.
Expansion's latest must-check seven-inch mines Roy Ayers' 1983 album "Lots Of Love", a sparkling post-disco set that combined the vibraphonist's usual jazz-funk flavours with colourful synthesizers and genuine boogie flavours. "Everybody" on the A-side is particularly potent; a lolloping synth-boogie head-nodder rich in life-affirming synthesizer squelches, rubbery jazz-funk bass, fluid Ayers vibraphone solos and background vocals that sneakily reference "Everybody Loves The Sunshine". Flipside "And Then We Were One" is if anything even more summery in feel, with mazy synth and vibraphone motifs dancing atop a killer jazz-funk groove. It's a little more up-tempo than the A-side, but arguably a little less addictive.