New Horizons - Gonna Have Big Fun
Catalog#: FC 39590
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Canada Issue
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Zapp / Roger
A1 Big Fun
A2 Searching For That Lady
A3 Love To Spend The Night
A4 Get Ready, Let's Party
B1 Dance Frite
B2 No One Ever Will
B3 U Can Do (Watcha Wanna)
B4 I See You There
Producer - Roger Troutman
almost like a harmony group raised in the generation of P-Funk, with that sort of style as their main inspiration
Group Members. Varges Thomas • Mark Thomas • Bart Thomas • Tim Abrams • Art Thomas
Bio. Recorded and released 2 albums on Columbia Records in 1983 and 1984. Both of their lps were produced by Roger Troutman.
One of the more obscure `80s funk acts from Dayton, OH, New Horizons nonetheless benefited from the assistance of the Troutman family (Roger, Larry, Robert, and Terry) and a deal with Columbia. This Funky Town Grooves release combines the Thomas brothers' Something New (1983) and Gonna Have Big Fun (1984), both of which were recorded at Troutman Sound Labs and bear the unmistakable Zapp/Troutman synth-funk stamp. The earlier album features "Your Thing Is Your Thing," a Top 40 R&B single. The latter album did not produce any hits, but it does feature a handful of appealing songs that are closer to mellow modern soul than funk à la Zapp's "I Can Make You Dance."
Innovative funkster Roger Troutman was the master of the vocoder -- a keyboard synthesizer that created robotic-sounding vocals through the simultaneous use of a piano-like interface and a breath controller (breath tube), somewhat like a guitar talk box. What James Jamerson did for the bass, Jimi Hendrix for the guitar, and Stevie Wonder for the harmonica, Troutman did for the vocoder. As a member of Zapp, a band that included his brothers Larry, Lester, and Tony, and recording under the solo moniker of Roger, he helped define and give life to a difficult-to-play instrument that previously was used for gimmicky effects and, as played by others, was basically devoid of personality. With his winning smile and charming playfulness, Troutman was a favorite on stage and record. He'd often bring his vocoder along on radio interviews, treating the listeners to his amazing vocoder skills.
New Horizons - BIG FUN
NEW HORIZONS - searching for that lady - 1984
NEW HORIZONS - Get ready,let´s party