In the early 90's, North Carolina-based funk-alternative band DAG caught my ears their debut, Righteous. I remember enjoying the CD, however it wasn't an easy straight-thru listen for me. In other words, I enjoyed it for certain tracks. Fast forward to 1998, when they released Apartment #635. This album was chock full of groovy jams, … Continue reading Classic TuneCrush: DAG “Supercollider”
While working at a used CD store in the late 90's, I would come across a variety of samplers in the acid jazz and classic funk revival genres. While I can't remember the specific disc, one of those samplers introduced me to The Poets of Rhythm. I thought I read at the time that they … Continue reading Daptone to release The Poets of Rhythm anthology on October 1.
Through email and Skype between New Zealand and London, Sola Rosa and Oliver Daysoul wrote the track, "Promise". This is the second single from Sola Rosa's "Low and Behold, High And Beyond" coming in fall 2013. The track was mixed by Yaron Fuchs, whose expertise behind the boards has seen him work with artists such … Continue reading TuneCrush: Sola Rosa ft. Oliver Daysoul “Promise”
From Detroit, Freddy Todd still brings the funk in his dubstep and the latest freebie is no exception. Stirring in elements of TLC's "No Scrubs", Bastille featuring Ella's No Scrubs cover ("No Angels"), and a small bit of Funkadelic's "One Nation Under A Groove", Freddy Todd arrives at "Holla At", a free download at thissongissick.com. … Continue reading New Freddy Todd single “Holla At”
"Tenfold" is a bouncy funk ignition for the spaceflight of Apocalyspe, Steven 'Thundercat' Bruner's follow-up to 2011's The Golden Age of Apocalyse. Both were released on Flying Lotus's label, Brainfeeder. Flying Lotus, as well as Mono/Poly, handled production duties for Apocalyspe. The album is full of bass guitar virtuosity and Thundercat's falsetto harmonies which handle … Continue reading Thundercat – Apocalyspe
English funk bassist Robert Carvalho recently released his full-length project, All The Things You Know to be True. The project was self-produced and mostly performed by Carvalho with assistance by Paul Horton on drums. In addition to the seductive bass grooves, his vocal style draws comparison between Stevie Wonder and Raphael Saddiq. From All The … Continue reading TuneCrush: Carvalho “Do It”
Whether you knew him as Terance Trent D'Arby or know him know as he has been for past decade or more as Sananda Maitreya, his funk rock style remains steadfast as a unique blend of Sam Cooke, The Beatles, and James Brown. On Return to Zooathalon, Sananda takes on every instrument, wail, and holler on … Continue reading Sananda Maitreya – Return to Zooathalon