Burnin’ Beat featuring Olive Masinga – It’s Hot (Reissue) [AFS034]
It would be fair to say that the Afro Synth label has dug deep for this latest reissue. Little is known about Burnin Beat, an obscure South African disco outfit who released their sole 12″, It’s Hot, on RPM way back in 1979. They’re a great example of an outfit that, for whatever reason, fell through the cracks. The title track, a lolloping, 11-minute disco workout rich in fluid synth lines, rubbery slap bass, sparring instrument solos and the powerful vocals of Olive Masigna, is something of a long-lost gem. Original flipside “Searchin” is almost as good, with Masigna adding a touching vocal to a backing track that pushes the band’s favourite Moog synthesizer to the fore.