Diplomatics — Hum-Bug 7″
Indiana’s Diplomatics, a high school ensemble lead by Rodney Stepp and funk wunderkind Miles “Butch” Loyd only released one 45 on Herb Miller’s LAMP imprint. “Hum Bug,” The Dips’ attempt at creating a Meters-inspired dance a la “Cissy Strut” plods along wonderfully, and comes complete with a drum break for good measure. The band, which later went on to record for the Knaptown label under the moniker Jazzie Cazzie and The Seven Sounds, have been sampled by the likes of Egon (for his Curse of the Evil Badger LP) and Koushik. For this 7” release, we showcase the 45 in its original two-part form – mastered from the original analog tapes.