Genre: Funk
Size: 12"
Format: 33RPM,


James White & The Blacks Melt Yourself Down LP (Color Vinyl)

James White & The Blacks

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Manic No Wave Sax Frenzy On Color Vinyl LP!
First Time On Vinyl Outside Of Japan!

James White tore up the city blueprints and charted his own map through the sonic sprawl of New York, perfecting a jittery, manic attack on sax and vocals and adopting the persona of a lounge singer in the waiting room of Hell. A maelstrom of chaotic transformations of funk, jazz (et al.) with equal parts James Brown and James White originals that rank among the most incendiary in his repertoire, this album is available outside of Japan for the first time and pressed on colored vinyl!

Due to its plethora of sublime rhythms and prismatic shimmy, a party atmosphere is in full effect on Melt Yourself Down. The band presents a master class of cutting-edge downtown New York City funk that evokes an endless evening riding NYC's late-night slipstream. White's avatar, the Godfather himself, James Brown, is paid respects with a pair of hot takes, including "Super Bad," which kicks off the album. Later, during "Cold Sweat," White grows increasingly agitated, injecting an element of chaos into the methodical groove while adding some of his own coitus-inspired lyrics.

"Hell On Earth" brings home the bacon and fries it in the flames the band calls forth, as they rub sax, guitar and bass together in a manner that can only be described as biblical. On this final cut - with his innate understanding that performance is ritual - the flaming demonics that White calls up are in full, infernal swing.

Melt Yourself Down executes White's prime directive - provoke pleasure, by any means necessary.


  • Color Vinyl
  • First Time on Vinyl Outside of Japan
  • First Time on Vinyl Since 1986
  • Originally only issued in Japan as Selfish Records BEL 12004, 1986


Side One:

  1. Super Bad
  2. Melt Yourself Down
  3. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
  4. Hot Voodoo

Side Two:

  1. Cold Sweat
  2. These Foolish Things
  3. Hell On Earth

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