1975 “Los Alamitos Latin Funk Love Song,” a track that would permeate the airwaves of London rare groove house parties back in the late 80s through to now. Harris, a Jazz pianist, had a career that spanned over 50 years, where he formed the group Three Sounds and recorded for Blue Note and Verge labels between 1956 – 1970.
By the 3:30 minute mark, “Los Alamitos” switches gears and moves into something truly amazing. The rework was provided by UK collective Bugz in the Attic, who maintain the original’s elements but later flip the track into a broken beat staple, adding a heavier bassline, more percussion, violin arrangements, and vocals by Bembé Segué, that gush over the track like a sea breeze. It is pure Muphoric Sounds — a perfect illustration of our tagline ‘Shining light on the new, and keeping the past present.’ Unfortunately, Gene Harris passed January 2000 awaiting a liver transplant. He was not able bask in the joy of hearing the resurgence of his music interpreted by a new generation.