funk posts

The Meters

Friday, January 7th, 2005 by Paul Irish

funk // soul // 1970’s new orleans r&b

Ya know, sometimes I see this song floating around; I think Thank god somebody’s listening to it. But still not enough bodies are hearing this; it’s an absolute classic. It’s been sampled by everyone — from Public Enemy to Congo Natty. Picture this: a suave black brotha’ strutting down the city block after he had just kissed his sweet lookin’ honey that he just knows looks too good for him, but damn it, he’ll take it. And he is one happy, smug fella’.
The simmering convergence of meaty funk and hearty soul.

The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby

Professor Longhair

Wednesday, December 29th, 2004 by Paul Irish

instrumental piano funk // african rhumba

Looking through Afro Funk, volume 5 from the incredible Rare Funk 12-disc series, I knew I’d find plenty to like. Some ass-grabbin’ Fela Kuti leads the record off to a roaring afrobeat start. And if you got the great funkin’ action of The Mohawks and The Equals tying it up nicely, you know there’s gotta be some hot groove sitting in the middle. Well, “Big Chief” by Professor Longhair is it! Some sloppy-hand piano licks drop you right in, followed up by a african breakbeat, and some bass and horns give the song a bluesy AABA structure that’s relentless at getting you into the groove.
It’s a short, but potent number from the vinyl funk past.

Professor Longhair – Big Chief

DJ Z-Trip

Monday, November 29th, 2004 by Paul Irish

motown remixed // soul // funk

Imagine all the hottest tracks of Motown, all mashed up in a megamix of soulful body-movin’ music. DJ Z-Trip delivers exactly that in this 9-minute long non-stop funk-fest. He drops into it with some Jackson 5 loads you up with the finest grooves of The Temptations, and even forcefeeds you some hard-hitting Edwin Starr. DJ Z-Trip is widely regarded as one of the finest sampling and mashup professionals, alongside 2 Many DJ’s, Double D and Steinski, Coldcut, and The Avalances. Peep the excellent interview over at Downhill Battle, and also check out the great things they’re doing to protect our right to listen to music.
The very best of Motown’s finest groove-filled gems.

DJ Z-Trip – Motown Breakdown

Beef Wellington

Saturday, November 13th, 2004 by Paul Irish

trip hop // down-on-the-heavy funk

It ain’t just an exquisite dish; it’s some Orlando-town funkin’. “Threes” warms you up with a fit bassline, the dubbed-down tempo is propelled by the lyrics from the arsenal of MC Swamburger and Melissa Mye, but it don’t stop till a tabla enters in and mirrors the vocals rhythms.
“Slightly Elevated” is heavier on the funk. It brings in some definite acid jazz riffing which gets slightly tiring, but the harmonies at 4:45 bookend the song sweetly.
Git funked, git crunked, now git on down, son.

Beef Wellington – Threes
Beef Wellington – Slightly Elevated

Joe Cuba

Monday, October 4th, 2004 by Paul Irish

french minimalist pop

Cute playful bounce. For all the people I’ve shared Mathieu with, “cute” is the most used descriptor upon first listen. It was definitely his fragrant and clean sound that first attracted me to him. His American fans affectionately call him “Booger” and he’s collaborated with Yann Tiersen (composer of Amelie). That’s reason enough.
Boogaerts wields a unique pallete of sounds to create these simple and likable tunes. Listen in.

Mathieu Boogaerts – Sens
Mathieu Boogaerts – Ou

Red Astaire

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004 by Paul Irish

bossa soul // funky jazzy-ness

Ass grabbin’ bassline. Catchy catchy rhythm. First, a vocal sample jumps out at you; it’s caught and carried by a fresh little xylophone loop. The vocals come in and the sizzlin’ groove gets your feet movin across the floor. Just after the minute mark, the bass slides in and supports this hot track. Wait up for the hip hop interlude with Redman and Method, because it’ll set you alight.
It’s a modest little tune that gets an indelible hold on your dancin’ body. This track has got flava’. Drink it up.

Red Astaire – Follow Me