Category Archives: Funk

Cola Boyy – Have You Seen Her (2018)

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Matthew Urango, aka Cola Boyy, is a 28 year-old multi-instrumentalist and singer from Oxnard, California (hometown Anderson .Paak). Like .Paak he blends disco, soul, funk and his own groove to create something sunny and joyous. And I love the piano. Have a great weekend.

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Christine and The Queens feat. Dâm-Funk – Damn, dis-moi (2018)

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A day for something francophile, something for the World Cup semi…’Damn, dis-moi’ was released in May by French singer Christine and the Queens. It features American funk musician Dâm-Funk and a very transatlantic sound. As a nod to Prince, the English version was called ‘Girlfriend’.

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Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People (1968)

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The classic single ‘Everyday People’ from Sly & The Family Stone. This was 1968 – an annus mirabilis for popular music. Different strokes for different folks. The song would feature on their 1969 album Stand.

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Parliament – Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop) (1978)

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On reflection, George Clinton’s ‘Atomic Dog’ may have provided us with the G-funk groove, but it was not without its precursors. ‘Aqua Boogie’ is bonafide mad. The extended Parliament/Funkadelic troop included George Clinton on vocals, Bootsy Collins on bass/guitar/drums/vocals and Bernie Worrell on keyboards, who between them were happy to draw upon jazz fusion, disco, funk and bird calls. Have a great weekend.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee (2018)

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s song ‘Hunnybee’ is off their latest record Sex & Food. The song’s title stems from the middle name of Ruban Nielson’s (vocalist/guitarist) daughter. Enjoy. Have a great weekend.

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George Clinton – Atomic Dog (1982)

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George Clinton had become famous for some of the most adventurous funk out there. In 1982, he was striking out from Parliament-Funkadelic ensembles, but still recording with the same players that could deliver the otherworldly. The LP Computer Games featured the woof woof of ‘Atomic Dog’, a song that provides the groove that would become the cornerstone of G-funk a decade later.

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Khruangbin – Cómo Me Quieres (2018)

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The Houston-based trio Khruangbin create music to drift to. Thai funk, Iranian soul, Avon breakbeats, Texas music… whatever the influence, me like. ‘Cómo Me Quieres’ is teh opening track off the most recent album, Con Todo El Mundo.

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James Brown – Talking Loud and Saying Nothing (1972)

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DJ Koze’s most recent work has me thinking about other examples of hypnotic sound. Derrick May once described techno as sounding like Kraftwerk and George Clinton stuck in a hotel lift. Just imagine if those Germans were to stumble across the JBs instead. Listen to the precision of Bootsy Collins’ bass playing on ‘Talking Loud and Saying Nothing’. This is as a tight and mesmerising as funk gets. A relentless rhythm overseen by the taskmaster extraordinaire Mr Brown.

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Janelle Monáe – I Like That (2018)

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I listened to a lot of Janelle Monáe on release of her 2010 album The ArchAndroid. I had been drawn in by the Outkast-inspired single ‘Tightrope’ that she produced with Big Boi. This year, I am pleased to see she’s back again with something bigger and more critically acclaimed. Dirty Computer features a roll call of diverse stars – Brian Wilson, Pharrell Williams, Grimes – reflecting Monáe’s appeal. ‘I Like It’ is a standout song from the album.

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Khruangbin – Friday Morning (2018)

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This track has been following me on YouTube. So Khruangbin, over to you: it’s ‘Friday Morning’. Have a great weekend.

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Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News (2018)

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Yesterday, Leon Bridges released an eye-catching video for his new single ‘Bad Bad News’ from the forthcoming album Good Thing. The sound is funkier than the vintage soul of his 2015 debut Coming Home. I like where the Texan is taking his music.

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Anderson .Paak – Put Me Thru (2016)

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I featured Anderson .Paak plenty on this blog in 2016, after the release of his revelatory long player Malibu. I overheard another one of that album’s standout tracks – ‘Put Me Thru’ – this week and I was reminded of his breezy blend of funk, soul and hip hop. Enjoy and have a good weekend.

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Khruangbin – White Gloves (2015)

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Khruangbin is the Thai word for airplane and its use by the band serves as a tribute to the Thai rock/funk that inspires them. Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar) and Donald “DJ” Johnson (drums) are all from Texas (I kid you not), but evidently well travelled. “She was a queen. She had a house. She was a fighter. She was a queen. Had a good dude. Bought me a rabbit… She was a queen. One day she was gone. She died in a fight. ‘Cause she was a fighter. She was a queen. She was a queen.” The murmuring sounds of ‘White Gloves’ feature on their only studio album to date, The Universe Smiles Upon You.

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Raphael Saadiq – Good Man (2011)

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“I’m a good man, food’s on the table, working two jobs/Ready willing and able check your name.” The vocals of Taura Stinson kick off this soulful track before the lonesome Raphael Saadiq questions his woman’s betrayal. His sound is reminiscent of Isaac Hayes. Have a great weekend.

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Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart (2016)

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‘Cold Little Heart’ is the opening track off Michael Kiwanuka’s second album Love & Hate. Difficult to pigeonhole, unless you have my evident skills….  orchestral, psychedelic, funk rock. Very cool, whatever.

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