Released 1984 on NIA
Release Yourself by Aleem
Odd as it may seem by today's standards, "Release Yourself" by Aleem straddled itself effortlessly between two different dance music scenes in the 1980's on both sides of the Atlantic.
On one side there was the break dancing fraternity checking out the new electrofunk sound from the US that was coming out on imports as well as compilations here in the UK, primarily on "Streetsounds" courtsey of one Mr Morghan Khan.
Across the Atlantic however the New York disco scene was checking out Larry Levan at The Paradise Garage as he dropped "Release Yourself" plus a miriad of other seminal electrofunk recordings into his sets to a multi ethnic and polysexual crowd of enthusiasts down on King Street .
Having lost my original copy some time ago and mistakingly picking up the copies from Hard To Find Records as a substitute, I was thrilled to discover that here in Brighton the original was available at Pure Pleasure Music run by Chris from Soft Rocks who happend to have this back in stock, thanks Chris.
Release Yourself" by Aleem featuring Leroy Burgess
Aleem are identical twins Taharqa Aleem and Tunde Ra Aleem. The brothers began their recording career with Jimi Hendrix's Cry Of Love and Rain Bow Bridge, as The Ghetto Fighters. (They also shared the same apartment with Jimi).
With Leroy Burgess as featuring lead vocalist they formed Aleem in New York during the early '80s and originally released hardcore dance songs on their own label, NIA Records.
These included 'Hooked On Your Love', 'Get Down Friday Night', 'Release Yourself' and 1985's 'Confusion', which resulted in a deal with Atlantic Records. In 1986 they recorded Casually Formal, and worked together as producers on acts including Fonda Rae, Caprice, Captain Rock and Process & The Doo-Rags.