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Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Parallel Uni-Verses (Colored Vinyl)
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Parallel Uni-Verses (Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1617249 Remember the old-school Marvel Team-Up comic book which paired,
say, Spider-Man with Thor, Wolverine with the Human Torch, or the Hulk
and Daredevil? In the spirit of those classic collaborations, Gold Dust
announces Parallel Uni-Verses, a joint effort between Hieroglyphics
founder Del The Funky Homosapien and original Artifacts emcee Tame
One. Produced entirely by Parallel Thought, the album’s ten tracks return
to a time when inventiveness, creativity, funky beats—and, above all,
lyricism—ruled hip-hop.
Oakland’s Del The Funky Homosapien is one of the creators of the
alternative rap genre, a perennial fan favorite who, in addition to releasing
four solo albums—including 1992’s seminal, gold-selling I Wish My
Brother George Was Here–and two group albums with Hieroglyphics,
was featured on the Gorillaz’ epononymous, platinum-selling debut and
Dan the Automator’s sci-f-themed concept album Deltron 3030.
Newark’s Tame One is best known as one-half of the Artifacts, a graffitiwriting hip-hop duo active in the mid- and late-90s, whose output includes
the classic singles “Wrong Side of Da Tracks” and “The Ultimate.” In recent
years, Tame has been a member of two underground supergroups: the
Weatherman (with Cage, Camu Tao, and Aesop Rock), and the Leak
Brothers (with Cage).
Parallel Uni-Verses is that rare rap album which transcends tired clichés
and maintains traditional hip-hop values without seeming retro or passé.
“Man, I ain’t even gonna be egotistical like that and try to say that we
are trying to usher in some new revival of whatever,” Del says. However,
he adds, “I’m a say this: we ARE the element that is missing, not [just]
because I said so. That’s what’s up, we didn’t sell out for all the luxury
and monetary gains. The original ways, we kept at and built upon those.

Tracklisting
1. Intro (Magic)
2. Flashback
3. The Franchise
4. Specifcs
5. Teddy
6. Special
7. Before This
8. We Taking Over
9. Life Sucks

• Ten year anniversary of the now classic cross country collaboration between Del The Funky Homosapien (Hieroglyphics founder and member of Deltron 3030) and Tame One of the Artifacts
• First time ever available on vinyl
• Remastered and pressed on special purple white smoke colored vinyl
• Produced entirely by Parallel Thought Available from 02.02.2018

Martha High teams up with mighty Japanese Osaka Monaural to pay homage to JB’s Funky Divas
Monday, November 13th, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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Original Funky Diva Martha High has been an integral part of James Brown’s life and career for more than 30 years. She was his backing vocalist, hair stylist, payroll master and his always loyal and reliable confidant. The idea for this project was hatched back in 2014, when Martha was visiting producer DJ Pari, head […]

Timothy McNealy – Funky Movement
Monday, October 30th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Timothy McNealy – Funky Movement

Image: 1616400 Funk aus Texas gehört zu den meist geschätzten Stilen des Genres. Es ist eine einzigartige Mischung aus Jazz, Blues, R&B und von James Brown beeinflusster Synkopierung, die sich in Städten wie Houston (Kashmere Stage Band), San Antonio (Mickey and the Soul Generation), Austin (James Polk and the Brothers) oder Dallas entwickelte. In Dallas entstanden eine Reihe von Labels , unter anderem auch Soultex und Doin Our Thing, aber niemand kreierte einen Lauf an 7″s wie Timothy McNealy mit seinem Shawn Label. Seine Musik wurde jedoch bislang nie auf einem Album versammelt. Nun erscheint auf Eothen “Egon” Alapatts renommierten Now-Again Label endlich eine Sammlung der begehrten Songs. Available from 08.12.2017

Timothy McNealy – Funky Movement (BF RSD)
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Timothy McNealy – Funky Movement (BF RSD)

Image: 1615555 Texas funk music is amongst the highest regarded styles in the genre, a unique
mixture of jazz, blues, R&B and James Brown’s syncopation that evolved in
metropolises like Houston (Kashmere Stage Band), San Antonio (Mickey and the Soul
Generation), Austin (James Polk and the Brothers) and Dallas. Dallas birthed a variety
of independent labels, Soultex and Doin Our Thing amongst them. But no one in
Dallas, Texas or America, created a run of 7” singles like Timothy McNealy did on his
Shawn imprint. When it comes to heavy, funk music, in Dallas – in Texas –
Timothy McNealy is king. This means that when it comes to funk music, in general,
McNealy is hallowed.
Yet McNealy’s music has never been collected as an album, nor reappraised in its
totality. A series of 7” single reissues have come out in the past 15 years, including his
masterpiece “Sagittarius Black,” a psychedelic funk instrumental that has been a
cornerstone in every fan’s rediscovery of the genre for the past 20 years. But this is
the first time that his music is presented in its totality, giving the enlightened fan an
opportunity to hear the breadth and depth of his Funky Movement.
Available from 24.11.2017

“Push On” is the title of the forthcoming sophomore studio album from Funk/Jazz fusion band The Allergies
Friday, July 21st, 2017 | Tags: , ,
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The Allergies’ debut album introduced the world to the way they effortlessly fuse funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breaks into dancefloor-ready nuggets of ear candy. Taking classic sounds and reshaping for the modern age is the signature that won them plaudits across the globe. Not ones to rest on their laurels, it hasn’t taken long […]

Moniquea – Blackwavefunk
Friday, April 14th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Moniquea – Blackwavefunk

Image: 1608906 Moniquea established herself as one of the foremost female artists
in the modern funk scene with her 2014 MoFunk Records debut
album Yes No Maybe. For her followup, she continues exploring and
expanding upon the boogie/modern soul sound of her debut, and at
the same time, ventures bravely into a new sound inspired by the
new wave and synthpop sounds of the 80’s. Thus, the album title:
Blackwavefunk.
Listening to Blackwavefunk feels like sweeping across a spectrum
of sounds and feels. The lead single, “Checkin’ Out,” channels the
‘street funk’ sound that Moniquea’s native California is known for,
while “I Just Don’t Know” slows the pace and mood to offer up one
of the few true downtempo love songs of the genre. “When You Are
Away,” “Make You Feel My Love” (feat. Brian Ellis) and “Why Can’t
You See” offer sleek, sexy modern soul soundscapes while the
Turquoise Summers-produced “Knew It” thumps with a menacing
g-funk bounce. Finally, the wave in Blackwavefunk reveals itself
on the eccentric “Check Your Sources,” an anthem about sordid
speculation and grievous gossip, over a musical backdrop that
sounds like 1999-era Prince and DPG somehow achieved perfect
sonic fusion. The album’s closer, “Famous,” takes it further and gives
a glimpse of what it might sound like if Bernie Worrell played synth
basslines for OMD or Pet Shop Boys.

1. Checkin’ Out
2. Knew It
3. When You Are Away
4. I Just Don’t Know
5. Check Your Sources
6. Make You Feel My Love (feat. Brian Ellis)
7. Why Can’t You See
8. Famous

• Production from XL Middleton and Turquoise Summers
• Featuring Brian Ellis Available from 23.06.2017

The Funky Drive Band – Move Your Feet / Drive Me Crazy (RMX)
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Funky Drive Band – Move Your Feet / Drive Me Crazy (RMX)

Amadeo’s collaboration, Blowfly, Funkmaster ozone, Grandmaster Dee Nasty ( french zulu nation former ), record shop owner, dj and Radio Host on the “”groove blaster show”” on 93.9Fm (Paris) , creator of the Atomik Funk Fest The funky drive band , Big …

Various – Extra Added Soul: Crossover, Modern And Funky Soul
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Extra Added Soul: Crossover, Modern And Funky Soul

Image: 1605822 Es gibt viel Verwirrung rund um die Modern Soul-Szene. Als ein Ableger des Northern Soul mischte es ursprünglich neue Independent-Soul Releases mit Post-Late-60s Soul, der nicht zur Northern Soul Szene passte. Die Leute feierten großartige Platten, aber es war Mitte der Achtziger und nun scheint es ungewöhnlich Jahrzehnte später den Sound noch als Modern Soul zu bezeichnen, aber der Name blieb haften. Diese Compilation schweift innerhalb dieses Widerspruchs aus, Boogie von Donnell Pittman wird 2-Step-Klassikern von Elvin Bishop oder El Anthony aus Chicago an die Seite gestellt. Tanzbarer Sweet-Soul von Dyson’s Faces trifft auf die Gil Scott Heron-artigen Rock. Sogar ein Touch von Prince ist mit 94 East und Cosmic Soul mit Karriems superrraem “I Love You” vertreten. Die Compilation erscheint als eine von dreien, die ein Auge auf die afro-amerikanische Musikgeschichte durch die Brille der englischen Club-Kultur wirft. Zusammengestellt wurden sie vom DJ und ausgezeichneten Komplilierer Dean Rudland. Das beeindruckende Artwork stammt von seinen langjährigen Kollaborateuren The Unknown. Available from 14.10.2016

Egyptian Lover / Hotthobo – Modern Funk Fest 2016
Monday, June 20th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Egyptian Lover / Hotthobo – Modern Funk Fest 2016

Image: 1604747 Modern Funk Fest was started in 2014 by one of the genre’s brightest
stars, Brian Ellis, in his native San Diego. It then moved northward to
LA, then to SF, back down to SD, and just had its fifth installment in
Los Angeles at the Echo on May 13th, 2016. Here, we bring you an
exclusive limited edition mixtape featuring the legendary Egyptian
Lover (Egyptian Empire/Stones Throw) and Hotthobo (Voltaire
Records/Hobo Camp).
Egypt’s Mix includes classic music from Egypt himself, Midnight Star,
Kraftwerk, Prince, and many more, as well as original Vocoder and
Vocal Performances and a Synth Solo from XL Middleton.Hotthobo’s
Mix features brand spanking new and mostly unreleased modern
funk jams. Available from 15.07.2016

Poets Of Rhythm / Wallace Brothers – Funk Monsters Vol.1
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Poets Of Rhythm / Wallace Brothers – Funk Monsters Vol.1

A side Poets Of Rhythm funk monster taken from the Practice What You Preach album from 1993 and has never seen light of day as a 45 in it’s own right until now. On the flip the holy grail funk track from Wallace brothers gets an official reissue and s…

Funkadelic, Soulclap & Brian Ellis Reflection – New Directions in Funk: Peep This / Slow Motion
Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Funkadelic, Soulclap & Brian Ellis Reflection – New Directions in Funk: Peep This / Slow Motion

Image: 1601343 You know Soul Clap likes it funky, so of course we’ve been digging all the new funk music coming out recently. This interest motivated us in compiling “Tempo Dreams Volume 3” for Bastard Jazz Records. In doing so we were able to gather so many amazing songs that they didn’t all fit on the compilation. Now using this inspiration as an invitation to start a new series on Soul Clap Records we’re excited to introduce NEW DIRECTIONS IN FUNK.

NEW DIRECTIONS IN FUNK is a colored 7″ vinyl only series that features future funk from Soul Clap and our freaky friends from around the world. Inspired by labels we love like Cherries, Voltaire, PPU, Hot Shot & Omega Supreme, NEW DIRECTIONS IN FUNK pushes the boundaries of what funk music can be, while always paying homage to the roots.

First in the series is a double A sider (aka music so hot we can’t choose!). On the A side is “Peep This”, a track we did with George Clinton/Funkadelic which features Crew Love members Nick Monaco and Greg Paulus along with G Koop!And do you remember “So Fine”, the Paradise Garage classic by Howard Johnson? Well he’s featured on the B side’s “Slow Motion”, a collaboration with Bay Area innovator Brian Ellis’ Reflection project!

Tracklisting
1. Funkadelic & Soulclap – Peep This
2. Brian Ellis Reflection – Slow Motion (feat. Howard Johnson) Available from 15.01.2016

Universal Love / Mad Dog Fire Department – Moon Ride / Cosmic Funk
Saturday, April 18th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Universal Love / Mad Dog Fire Department – Moon Ride / Cosmic Funk

Image: 1596679 TK Disco come up trumps yet again with 2 absolutely solid, killer pieces of Disco Funk for the heads! The Miami label has long had a cult following & found fame with Disco aficionado’s the world over & it’s easy to see why. Their back catalog is peppered with rarities & classics including the 2 cuts featured here.

Taking up the A-side is the super rare “Moon Ride” from obscure group Universal Love, an epic, storming slice of get-down Disco Soul, a real burner of a track.. drenched in Jazzy vibes & deep harmonies laced in soaring synth swells & strings, underground Disco at it’s best & a real tough to catch on original 12″ with copies fetching collectors prices on-line!

Over on the B-side we have the Mad Dog Fire Department’s appropriately named “Cosmic Funk”, a track that has shown up in the playlists of everyone from David Mancuso to Daniele Baldelli & beyond! A stomping, grooving jam laced with the FUNK. Serious business indeed, & both tracks are now available on one 12″!

All tracks featured have been carefully selected from TK Disco’s deep vaults, re-mastered, re-pressed & made available again for 2015 with the permission of TK Disco’s very own Joe Stone, Miami FL, USA. %100 official!

TRACK LISTING

A1. Universal Love – Moon Ride
B1. Mad Dog Fire Department – Cosmic Funk Available from 08.05.2015

PulpFusion & Morris Chestnut – Funk Never Sleeps EP
Thursday, January 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on PulpFusion & Morris Chestnut – Funk Never Sleeps EP

Image: 1594736 Breakbeat Paradise Recordings is pleased to finally welcome to the label a true veteran in the funky breaks scene: Mr PulpFusion with the huge 12″ vinyl release Funk Never Sleeps. Straight out of Switzerland, PulpFusion has been producing funky jams since the early days of nu funk, and this time around he has brought a true dream team of remixers for this enormous 7-track EP. On the flip side he has teamed up with another skilled funk producer Morris Chestnuts from Bristol as well as Producer and Rapper Imagine This from New Zealand to help complete this funk fest of a release.

PulpFusion has countless albums and EPs under his belt and done remixes for Ed Royal and Mr Bird & Tal M Klein as well as running the successful label Big Balls Records. He has a unique sound that has strong roots in electric psychedelic funk mixed with beats and breaks.

The remix duties are in good hand with all experts within their fields starting with DJ Maars from down under, who is true master in skanky reggae mash-ups – Mr. Rory Hoy who is skillfully keeping alive the sounds of the big beat era and finally a true BBP all-star Jayl Funk who specializes in anything funky for the dancefloor.

Breakbeat Paradise Recordings is proud to start off another year with another extremely funky release to keep pushin’ the sounds of funky beats and breaks even further.

Tracklisting
1. The Beat Inside My Soul (Original Mix)
2. The Beat Inside My Soul (DJ Maars Remix)
3. The Beat Inside My Soul (Rory Hoy Remix)
4. Funk Never Sleeps (Original Mix) [feat. Morris Chestnut & Lorenzo Medici]
5. Funk Never Sleeps (Jayl Funk Remix) [feat. Morris Chestnut
6. Beat The Clock (feat. Imagine This)
7. Feelin’ The Blues (feat. Morris Chestnut) Available from 30.01.2015

Zackey Force Funk – Money Green Viper
Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Zackey Force Funk – Money Green Viper

Image: 1589993 Green vinyl edition of the new album by Zackey Force Funk (previously appearing in the hit+run 777 series.) Huge tip!!
“Zackey Force Funk was born into this wild world in Tucson, AZ in 1974. In and out of prison since the age of 17, ZFF began producing on pirated software his brother gave to him once he had given up a life crime to focus on writing tunes and raising his family.

First discovered by Kutmah back in the golden era of Myspace, Zackey’s signature “Force Funk Sound” swiftly grabbed the attention of a number of formidable producers. Collaborations followed shortly after with the likes of Salva, Lazer Sword, Lorn, Baron Zen, Daedelus and B. Bravo, as well as forming the group Demon Queen with Tobacco. As these tunes were scattered across various labels, finding their homes on their respective collaborator’s projects, ZFF continued to hone his style, delving deeper into the psychedelic future funk realm of which he has created for himself. The fruits of his discipline all add up to his forthcoming debut LP entitled ‘Money Green Viper”, to be released in July of 2014 on LA based collective Hit+Run.

‘Money Green Viper’ plays as a scrapbook of late night joyrides, fast women, demonic visions, real rap rituals and the ever-present pursuit of infinite paper. All of these tales are woven over dust ridden, boogie and funk influenced beats with Zacky’s beautifully haunting vocal stylings as our tour guide. Productions are laced from an appropriate cast of sound architects from across the globe, including Max Kane and Teeko, XL Middleton, Jellphonic, Cupp Cave, Tom Noble, Mike Gao, and of course ZFF himself. Having recently transplanted from Tucson to LA, it seems only natural for the year of the Force Funk Sound to be upon us. ‘Money Green Viper’ serves as the initial full length transmission of a fantastical mind that has many more stories to tell. We await the dark doctrine with open eyes, ears and hearts.”

1. Glass Tear Groove // (Produced by Inkswel)
2. Press Play // (Produced by XL Middleton & Eddy Funkster)
3. Cocaine Lady // (Produced by Tom Noble)
4. Where Buffalo Roam – feat. Reggie Blount // (Produced by Reggie Blount)
5. Yo Bael // (Produced by Mike Gao)
6. Dream Shine Cola // (Produced by Cupp Cave)
7. Montego Bay // (Produced by Zackey Force Funk)
8. A$$$low // (Produced by Cupp Cave)
9. Zackey Can’t Rap // (Produced by Zackey Force Funk)
10. Out My Mind – feat. Teeko // (Produced by Max Kane)
11. Gunny Peace // (Produced by Josh Jetson)
12. Roch // (Produced by Roch)
13. Write Her Name // (Produced by Jellphonic)
14. Fuck Your Fire // (Produced by Zackey Force Funk)
15. Suicide (Produced by Zackey Force Funk) Available from 30.05.2014

Cosmology & Enea / Sight Unseen – The Funky 2.3 / Expressions
Sunday, February 9th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Cosmology & Enea / Sight Unseen – The Funky 2.3 / Expressions

Image: 1587148 (A1) Cosmology & Enea – The Funky 2.3

The Oxford / Freiburg partnership Cosmology & Enea deliver their debut co-lab and it’s a stunning statement of intent. The immaculate drum work ignites the groove but it’s the evangelistic piano hook that will really get heads turning and spines shuddering!

(B1) Sight Unseen – Expressions

The Mysterious Sight Unseen develops further momentum with this dynamic roller. Progressive in nature, muscular in tone, the balance between dreaminess and deadliness is kept in check with precision production on every element. Available from 20.01.2014

Del The Funky Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here
Thursday, November 28th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Del The Funky Homosapien – I Wish My Brother George Was Here

Image: 87900 prod.by Del, Ice Cube & DJ PIn the early 90s hip hop took a turn and gangsta-style rap dominated, making waves off
the West Coast that rattled throughout the world. The East Coast’s dominance was
descending despite the success and positivity of Native Tongues acts like De La Soul
and A Tribe Called Quest, who favored thought-provoking humor and cleverness over
gangsta rap’s grittiness and grim outlook. It was in this landscape that Oakland, CA’s
Del The Funky Homosapien emerged in 1991, with his debut release
I Wish My Brother George Was Here.
Cribbing equally from the East Coast’s irreverence and wit, and the West Coast’s
P-Funk inspired production, (the album was produced by Del’s cousin Ice Cube) Del’s
debut has rightly been heralded as a benchmark album for underground hip hop.
I Wish My Brother George Was Here not only produced the underground classics “Dr. Bombay” and “Mistadobalina”
(#9 on the 1992 Hot Rap Tracks Charts), but also set the scene for the success of the other less gangsta West Coast
artists like The Pharcyde, Digable Planets, and of course Del’s compatriots in Souls of Mischief. Above all else, Del is
credited with injecting some much needed light-heartedness at a moment when it was truly needed.
Since his debut Del has gone on to work alongside Gorillaz, Wu-Tang Clan, El-P, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and
as a member of the acclaimed hip-hop supergroup Deltron 3030, and even with Dinosaur Jr.
Traffic Entertainment now presents I Wish My Brother George Was Here as a special double LP reissue, featuring the
original artwork, and all of The Funky Homosapien’s witty and innovative rhymes intact.

SIDE ONE
What Is A Booty
Mistadobalina
The Wacky World Of
Rapid Transit

SIDE TWO
Pissin’ On Your Steps
Dark Skin Girls
Money For Sex
Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo

SIDE THREE
Prelude
Dr. Bombay
Sunny Meadowz
Sleepin’ On My Couch

SIDE FOUR
Hoodz Come In Dozens
Same Ol’ Thing
Ya Lil’ Crumbsnatchersooh / incl. “Sleeping On My Couch”, “Mistadobalina” & “Dr.Bombay”/ official repress on double vinyl ! Available from 26.05.2017

Del The Funky Homosapien – No Need For Alarm
Thursday, September 5th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Del The Funky Homosapien – No Need For Alarm

Image: 1581791 Nachdem Del The Funky Homosapien 1991 sein Debütalbum mit dem Hit “Mistadobalina” unter Regie seines Cousins Ice Cube und des renommierten Westcoast Produzenten DJ Pooh (King Tee / Alkaholiks) veröffentlicht hatte, trennten sich die Wege und Del vertraute ganz auf die Fähigkeiten seiner Hieroglyphics Crew. So stammen die Produktionen hier von Del selbst sowie von A-Plus (Souls Of Mischief), Casual, Domino, Jay Biz, Snupe (Extra Prolific) und dem Team um A&R Dante Ross, den SD50’s. Nun wird das 1993er Album “No Need For Alarm” offiziell wiederveröffentlicht. Available from 16.08.2013

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk
Thursday, June 27th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk

Image: 1579803 Take funk, soul, psychedelia and rumba, mix it up with a thick dose of heavy local rhythms and throw everything in a Benin grinder. The brew is then mixed up with hypnotic Farfisa solos, gritty guitar riffs, distorted bass lines, warm horns and the result, of exorcizing proportion, will lead to frenetic body movements. Some people bang their heads, others jerk their feet or feel an urgent need to get up and start shaking their hips. One thing is common, though, to everyone who submits their ears to a spinning record by the mighty Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou: you simply can’t stand still. And this new compilation is proof of that – here are 14 funky tracks by the legendary ensemble from Benin that has been deemed as “West-Africa’s best kept secret,” or as the “The D.N.A. of voodoo groove”.??Following two previous Poly-Rythmo collections released by multiple award winner label Analog Africa – “The Vodoun Effect” (2008) and “Echos Hypnotiques” (2009) – this third compilation is another proof that our ears are facing “One of the Funkiest bands in the world”.?

Starting in 2005, Samy Ben Redjeb, Analog Africa’s founder and compiler, made several trips to Benin, where he dug up most of the orchestra’s output recorded between 1969 and 1983: hundreds of vinyl records and a few master tapes, in a total of 500 songs! With all that material in hands and the astonishing richness of the group’s meterial, choosing the songs proved to be a tough task. Therefore, it seems only natural that it has taken a few years for this third volume to come out of Analog Africa´s sonic treasure trove.??The 14 tracks presented here have never been issued outside of Africa and most of them follow the spirit and sound of the first volume, “The Vodoun Effect,” which was a selection of songs released by small and obscure labels from this tiny country which was once known as Dahomey. Some of the songs presented here were recorded using a legendary piece of equipment, a Swiss made Nagra reel-to-reel recorder and one or two microphones, in private houses or open air gardens, mostly at night. And still, it would be somewhat difficult for contemporary musicians and engineers to achieve the stunning quality of raw sound and the atmosphere obtained in these recordings, even if they booked the most modern and expensive studios out there today.??One thing that immediately catches the attention listening to this compilation is the band’s steamroller-like grooves employed by Gustave Bentho, the mythical bass master, and Leopold Yehouessi , the fantastic drummer of the band – for many, Africa´s funkiest rhythm sections. The power lying in these tunes is phenomenal and shows true craftsmanship on both the composition and the production side, “Houton Kan Do Gome”, composed by Bentho, would have made James Brown proud. “Ecoutes ma Melodie” is destined to become a classical late night tune for the many amazing tropical and afro parties taking place around the globe. “Pourquoi Pas?” and “A O O Ida” would be the kind of sound The Meters would have created were they born in Benin. ??
On December 17th, 2012, only a few months before this release, Melome Clement, the man who formed the all-powerful orchestra, passed away victim of a heart attack. ?The “boss,” as the other band members would tenderly call him, will be missed, but not forgotten. The soul of the music he created has permanently engraved itself in the soil of Benin.

Tracklisting:
1. Ne Rien Voir, Dire, Entendre
2. Houzou Houzou Wa
3. Adjro Mi
4. Karateka
5. Akoue We Gni Gan
6. N´Goua
7. Houton Kan Do Gome
8. A O O Ida
9. Vi E Lo
10. Pourquoi Pas?
11.Akue We Non Houme
12. Ai Gabani
13. Ecoutes Ma Melodie
14.Min We Tun So Available from 07.06.2013

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk
Friday, May 24th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk

Image: 1579802 Man nehme Funk, Soul, Psychedelia und Rumba, mischt es mit einer dicken Dosis von schweren lokalen Rhythmen und werfe alles in ein Mahlwerk. Das Gebräu wird dann mit hypnotischen Farfisa Soli, dreckigen Gitarrenriffs, verzerrten Basslinien und warmen Hörnern vermischt, und das Ergebnis ist der Sound des Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou. Hier sind 14 funky Tracks des legendären Ensembles aus Benin, die auch als “bestgehütetes Geheimnis West-Afrikas” oder als “DNA des Voodoo Groove” gelten. Nach den zwei früheren Poly-Rythmo Sammlungen – “The Vodoun Effect” (2008) und “Echos Hypnotiques” (2009) – ist “The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk” die dritte Compilation auf Analog Africa.
Available from 03.05.2013

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou – The Skeletal Essences Of Afro Funk (Analog Africa)
Monday, May 6th, 2013 | Tags: , ,
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Following two previous Poly-Rythmo collections released by multiple award winner label Analog Africa this third compilation is another proof that our ears are facing “one of the funkiest bands in the world”.

CD AACD073 / 2LP AALP073
Release: 03-05-13
A monstrous batch of deep funk instrumentals by The Soul Investigators
Wednesday, October 31st, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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The Soul Investigators is one of the most dynamic, talented and exciting group that has hit the scene. Many groups on the scene recognize their position as the TOP GROUP. Indicative of this is the fact that The Soul Investigators are regarded as trendsetters, both in music and dress. What The Soul Investigators do, others […]

The new record from SF based band Monophonics sits on the fuzzy psych side of soul and funk
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 | Tags: , ,
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The new record from San Francisco based band Monophonics entitled “In Your Brain” sits on the fuzzy psych side of soul and funk. Paying homage to innovators such as Sly Stone, Norman Whitfield and Funkedelic’s George Clinton, the 6 piece outfit displays their ability to put a moody stamp on each composition. Touching on everything […]

“Psych-Funk Sa-Re-Ga (1970-83 from India)” covers the golden years of the psych funk movement…
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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Indian music has become a global musical language but its south Asian roots remain strong, diverse and local. As with our introductory anthology of this kind (Psych Funk 101 – WPFC 101) this anthology covers the “golden years” of the movement, from approximately 1970 until 1983. Much of the music on this compilation springs from […]

“Colours Of Funk Vol.2” – more from the German sound library of Golden Ring & Happy Records 1975-1982 …
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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Killer funk compilation – next chapter: More highlights from the German music archives of Golden Ring & Happy Records, pulled from the most famous library albums of the catalogue. 17 unreleased signature sounds in a wicked jazz-funk-cosmic-latin-boogie style by Peter Thomas, Klaus Weiss, Juan Demonio, Mladen Franco and others. Stand out tunes for the dancefloor, […]

BRZZVLL play psychedelic jazz and funk with a modern twist …
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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BRZZVLL (pronounced Brazzaville) are a seven piece fusion band from Antwerp, Belgium. They play psychedelic jazz and funk with a modern twist. Belgium has quiet a tradition for jazz and funk infused leftfield grooves. From Marc Moulin’s ingenious Placebo to library funksters Les Chakakas / El Chicles to the much sampled JJ Band (ask Lord […]

Various – Monsters Of Funk & Soul (Unique Records)
Monday, October 18th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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This compilation is dedicated to the sound of the “Monsters Of Funk & Soul” party series. Featuring Laura Vane & The Vipertones, The Soul Snatchers, Osaka Monaurail, Malente, Wondertronix and many more.

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Release: 15-10-10
Enjoy the Monsters of Funk & Soul …
Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 | Tags: ,
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Our beloved “Monsters Of Funk & Soul” party has become an important part in the Duesseldorf scene. For already three years ‘the monsters are in da house’ – twice a year and full of funk and soul. So it’s totally about time to give that party its own compilation – just in time for the […]

Third studio album by Andrea Benini’s jazz-funk project Mop Mop …
Thursday, March 25th, 2010 | Tags: , ,
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After the highly acclaimed “Kiss Of Kali” Mop Mop are back with “Ritual Of The Savage”, the third studio album, written, arranged and produced by Andrea Benini. “Ritual Of The Savage” contains twelve tracks of pure hypnotic jazz, spiritual flavours, exotic funk and soul music, influenced by Latin and African beats. The album collaborations include […]

Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro are the new funk sensation from Japan …
Monday, November 2nd, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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We’ve all heard the Dap-Kings from the USA, the Poets of Rhythm from Germany, and the New Mastersounds from the UK. Well now it’s time to make way for a neat dose of super duper hard ‘n heavy funk from Japan – it’s the debut UK album from Mountain Mocha Kilimanjaro! Although these funk sides […]

Top rare French mod funk masterpiece by Big Jullien & His All Star from 1970 …
Monday, October 12th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Killer tunes from Paris recorded 1970 at Barclay Studios. Top rare and highly sought-after French mod funk masterpiece with great breaks and fuzz sounds throughout. Music composed and played by jazz legends Ivan Jullien and Michel Colombier, featuring Eddy Louiss, Maurice Vander and many other big names from the French scene. Exclusive 1:1 reissue of […]

Dam-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere …
Thursday, September 24th, 2009 | Tags: , ,
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Known as Los Angeles’ “Ambassador of Boogie Funk,” Dam-Funk represents the citizens of the Funkmosphere. Headquartered in the Leimert Park section of L.A., Dam (pronounced: ‘Dame’ as in Damon) spent the last few years cultivating a musical renaissance rooted in the early-’80s styles known as boogie, modern soul and electro-funk. As a DJ/selector, Dam attracts […]

Tandy Love and Mad Smooth are your new favourite freak-funk psychedelic songsmiths …
Friday, May 22nd, 2009 | Tags: , , , ,
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“Anagram Jam” is a deeply covert production in the form of an album featuring 15 edits by two highly informed and inscrutable musical archivists. To cover their true indentitles these agents are using the anagramed pseudonyms Tandy Love and Mad Smooth, as a further clue they hail from the Manchester based label BMusic. The names […]

Reissue of the Whitefield Brothers super-rare modern funk classic “In The Raw” …
Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 | Tags: , , , , ,
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When Poets of Rhythm founding members Jay and Max Whitefield traveled from their native Munich to New York in 1998 to record their eponymous debut album, Sharon Jones was a name only known to the cult that bought her first, rare 45s, The Dap Kings didn’t exist and The El Michels Affair were teenagers gigging […]

More funk, more disco, more groovin’ with the SUPER PHONICS …
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MALENTE rip it up with remixes from Dr.Rubberfunk, The Strike Boys, DJ Friction and many more …
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Movements Vol.9
Monday, January 22nd, 2018 | Tags: ,
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IT’S TIME TO PAAAARTY! Why? The Universe knows that Tramp is celebrating their 40th trip around the sun in 2018. And what about planet Earth? Well … it is as blind as it is in so many other situations. Therefore, it is time to shine the light on Tramp for all of its unremitting efforts. […]

Eko – Funky Disco Music
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Eko – Funky Disco Music

Eko Roosevelt Louis has had a music career spanning over forty years, born the grandson of a Kribi tribal chief, his musical persuasion beginning humbly with his village’s local church before his formal education at the Senegal conservatoire and Paris…

Magic In Threes – Finnish Funk / Shot Through The Grease
Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Magic In Threes – Finnish Funk / Shot Through The Grease

Magic in Threes release their second release on KingUnderground with a double sided funk 45 inspired by 70s soundtracks.The band Magic in Threes, consisting of 3 members are from Nashville, Tennessee. On Friday 9th February 2018 we are releasing two s…

Monophonics – Mirrors
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Mirrors

Psychedelic-Soul/Funk Coverversionen von raren und klassischen Songs der Monophonics aus San Francisco. Gecovert werden Main Ingredient, The Invincibles, Black Merda, Frankie Valli and Nu People. Available from 16.02.2018

Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)
Monday, January 15th, 2018 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Monophonics – Mirrors (Ltd. Colored Vinyl)

Image: 1617309 Fuzzed out and psychedelic covers of rare and classic tracks performed by San Francisco’s Monophonics.
Monophonics are back with a six-song EP that fuses the complimentary and explosive soul, rock and funk influences, proving themselves to be the rightful inheritors of the Bay Area’s impressive psychedelic soul sound. Mirrors is comprised entirely of cover tunes, except that I doubt you’ve ever heard of half the deeply funky and soulful originals that inspired these soulful, tastefully produced, and timeless Monophonics treatments. “We wanted to do a couple songs that were more familiar to people and then shine some light on groups we’re big into,” lead singer, keyboardist and co-producer Kelly Finnigan explains. It takes a lot of guts to cover your favorite songs, your van jams, that song you play as a shot of inspiration to break-up a marathon studio session. “Not only are these great songs, but these are artists that we listen to and are influenced by.”

“It’s not about making records that sound old, it’s about making records that sound cool,” Kelly says. Not that he and the other five members of Monophonics mind if you confuse their albums for classic-era recordings. Even musician friends regular mistake a sweaty and greasy Monophonics original for an unheard Bar-Kays’ side, or a deep soul cover tune might pass for an original to a novice ear, except that Kelly makes sure to give credit where credit is due, which is what they do explicitly on this EP, Mirrors.

Even the familiar tunes, iconic, better said, receive a fresh treatment as instrumentals, despite their ubiquity as vocal songs. The EP opens with a ‘tip of the cap’ to The Main Ingredient’s version of “Summer Breeze” before the band unfolds a hazy, mellow-funk opus worthy of inclusion on a Bob James CTI album. The next four songs, all featuring vocals, range from the lowrider soul ballad, a cover of the The Invicibles’ “My Heart Cries” with a pleading and plaintive vocal by Nicole Smith, to the psychedelic blues stomp, “Lying,” originally by the archetypical psychedelic soul band nearly signed to Motown, Black Merda. Add in Kelly’s monster vocal take on Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons Northern Soul classic, “Beggin” (to be released as a 7” single with an instrumental version on the b-side), and the deep-funk pop-soul of Nu People’s “I’d be Nowhere Without You” with back-up vocals by Jeanine Jones and Veronica Johnson, and you have a highly-entertaining, toe-tapping, backbone-slipping, masterclass in deep funk and soul.

The final tune is the band’s singular take on the Mamas and the Papas hippie standard, “California Dreaming,” as an explicit and heartfelt tribute to their fans in Greece. The discerning music lovers of Greece fell in love with Monophonics after their 2012 hit “Bang Bang” resulting in multiple tours of the Mediterranean, where these native Californians imbibed on the fine ouzo, good vibes, and Grecian hospitality. Gifted a prized bouzouki (a traditional Greek guitar) by a local fan, Monophonics’ guitarist Ian McDonald and band infused this classic pop song with a soulful cinematic air and Mediterranean flavor, evoking a tune from an imagined Fellini film with a soundtrack by David Axelrod.

Catch the band on the road this Spring to hear some of these songs, favorites and new tunes from their forthcoming LP.

Tracklist:
1. Summer Breeze
2. My Heart Cries
3. Beggin’
4. Lying
5. I’d Be Nowhere Today
6. California Dreaming Available from 16.02.2018

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