The Preservation Project – Unknown / Rose Hicks

By now you should be up on The Preservation Project label and it’s debut 7″ from a few months back that sold out almost instantly. The label once again caused a frenzy this weekend with the word of the second release “Unknown” b/w “One Word For It”, and another rarity that will surely pack dance floors.

With the second release, the ladies take the lead on this scorcher — an excavation that features a northern crossover-tinged track by an unknown girl group, backed with some seriously spaced-out funk by Rose Hicks.

Put on “Love Can Be Red” and get ready to hit the dance floor. This track is so deliciously of its time, you might feel like you’re in the midst of the 70s. The chorus of female voices delivers a beautiful refrain: “love can be red, love can be blue, its color is up to you.” The message may be about the different phases of a relationship that goes from hot to cold. A deeper reading is that it’s about the inclusive nature of love — it can be many different colors, and can be for anyone you choose. “Its color is up to you.”

The urgency of “Love Can Be Red” is balanced by the intergalactic “One Word for It” by Rose Hicks — a sprawling funk instrumental that sits lovely alongside cuts by The Chubukos, Manzel or Bad Medicine. Highly recommended to get your funk fix at any time — or as the perfect jump-off to your DJ set.

A fat bass line binds these cuts together, along with their cryptic origins — tracks made in the 70s, when so many bands put their passion to tape, perhaps in hopes of something greater. Beyond that, all we know is what you hear — towering talent featuring women at the forefront. It’s an honor to present to you this 45 in limited-run stock and white label promo variants. Get it quick before it goes back to space.

Stock copies are already sold out with only white label promos available via