Idris Muhammad – For your love

In 1980, right at the tale end of disco came this, one of the most soulful, beautifully produced efforts to come from the era, and one of those examples proving that a great song and fantastic production are no guarantee of a hit record. Idris Muhammad was a superb jazz drummer, beginning his career aged 16 on Fats Domino’s ‘Blueberry Hill’, and later becoming Sam Cook’s drummer. The musical melting pot of his native New Orleans led to an enormous versatility in his style, and made him a hugely in-demand session musician.

From the early 1970s onwards he released records in his own name, including 1977’s ‘Turn this Mutha out’ which contained the funk classic ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’. ‘Loran’s Dance’ from 1974’s ‘The Power of Soul’ was prominently sampled by the Beastie Boys on ‘Paul’s Boutique’.