Archive for the 'funk' Category
A funk bomb fo’ yo’ earz. I went through a phase of getting into all things funk in the early to mid nineties but balking at the cost that original seven inch singles seemed to change hands for, settled for buying a few Classic Funk Mastercuts compilations albums instead, amongst others. My then tall lanky flatmate had this on a War compilation which, along with Low Rider, were frequently gracing the turntables and delivering the funk.
Must admit that the first thing that attracted me to this (probably unofficial) compilation, were the words “unreleased extended version” not that I was familiar with the track at the time. It’s just a default position, I mean why settle for a version that’s been edited by someone else when the fade control fulfils pretty much the same purpose and is under your control? Anyway, the original release of this laid back stoned disco-funk groover looks like it doesn’t grow on trees, so this compilation (which isn’t that common either) is a blessing. Chugs along nicely for over eleven minutes, a real treat and prime material to visit the restroom if you’re trapped behind the decks although I must say, time that would be better spent out in front, bumpin’ and hustlin’ yourself.
A song that’s been covered loads of times, even this isn’t the original version although it is the first version that was a hit. This stirs memories from the eighties deep within the past recesses of my mind but that’s due to another cover, most likely by The Belle Stars. Stripped down, minimal and back to it’s roots, is how this should be appreciated and the parade rhythms of New Orleans supply the only accompaniment to the harmonies of the Dixie Cups.
Weekend before last I was at ck’s and he dropped this audio bomb on my ear lobes. Sounding like Mtume had decided to reform and release new material, ck introduced me to Dâm-Funk’s world. Ck and Keith have specialised more into hiphop than I ever have but their tastes mean they acquire material like this, boogie funk or modern-soul (whatever you want to call it), which I needs to get me into and stock up on. It’s got that West Coast L.A. early eighties vibe thang goin’ on, totally nails it and I’m saying that despite not even visiting the States, let alone Los Angeles. On the flip side, you have the more uptempo but equally retro-sounding Galactic Fun, bringing to mind the productions of the Belgium outfit Spirit Catcher who forge a similar path with a love of eighties synths but more from a house angle.
Dâm purrrdy sleeve as well; released earlier this year but still widely available and h-h-hot, so grab a slice of this boogie pie and support the artist. Looking forward to checking out his forthcoming long player on Stones Throw in the new year.
ck’s all over it – he also played me this promo vid Dâm-Funk put together to publicize his Funkmosphere parties in L.A. – check out the sassy eighties vibezzz. When I eventually get to visit the States and hit L.A. I’ll definitely be visiting to hear all the black wax original pressings, analogue goodness, and to cut some shapes on the floor.
Music can be such a personal thing, alot of the time your impressions are formed within the first few moments as the sounds cut through the noisy detritus of life to arrest your attention. Other times the subtlety of some tracks need repeated listens before, having initially been dismissed, you appreciate them; this is one of the former. I got handed a mixtape one night back in ’99 when running the bar in Thailand as I used play mixes using my walkman (remember those?) and was dead impressed by it. It mixed psychedelic rock with funk, mostly stuff from the 60s/70s if I recall correctly, excellent transitions between the tracks considering the material. I’m sure I’ve still got it (the guy who gave it to me in Thailand never came back to collect it; I remember when I first put it on, seeing him nodding sagely to it whilst sipping a beer.) but it will be in storage, I’ll definitely put it up on TipTop once retrieved.
It wasn’t until I saw and bought this re-release of the album that it’s from that I found out that it was played at 45rpm and pitched right down on the mixtape! Played at the correct speed it just sounds way too slow and just wrong – my impression was formed from listening to it on the mixtape and I have to listen to it now the same way. I’ve put both versions up here, the first is the original track and the second one was recorded at 45rpm but pitched down 8%; what do you think? Sped up, the bass almost sounds acidic, when I first heard this I thought it was until the track was id’ed, reminds me a little of Jean-Jacques Perrey’s track, “E.V.A.“. There must be whole websites devoted to highlighting tracks that sound either as good or better played the wrong speed and I also recall a compilation album years ago using this as it’s theme. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of music.