Brainfeeder at the Bowl: A roundtable discussion with George Clinton, Flying Lotus and Thundercat – LA Times

Mikael Wood talks with George Clinton, Flying Lotus and Thundercat — funk visionaries from different generations — ahead of their joint Sept. 17 concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Source: Brainfeeder at the Bowl: A roundtable discussion with George Clinton, Flying Lotus and Thundercat – LA Times

Perhaps telling of my taste or opinion of the contemporary music landscape, but this meeting of minds is the thing I’m genuinely most excited about in 2017. Not only are FlyLo and Thundercat relative vanguards of trans-genre impressionistic creative output, but they are carrying on the legacy under the guidance of one of the people who laid the gauntlet down in the first place – which once again singles out GC as a visionary.

Props where props are due! Keeping it locked for the new album.

Prince drops new single “FREE URSELF” exclusively on Tidal | OkayPlayer

…perhaps this is Prince telling me and the world to, in fact, free ourselves from the streaming bubbles we’ve been confined to.

via OkayPlayer: www.okayplayer.com/news/prince-free-urself-mp3.html

tidal.com/track/51844380 – 30 sec clip for non-subscribers


It increasingly seems that His Royal Badness has staked his claim to the next generation of online music distribution, releasing this new track exclusively on Tidal after limiting his past Warners catalogue and some relatively rare NPGMusicClub releases to Jay-Z’s service. Whether this is a shrewd move – from the man who helped pioneer online music during it’s relative infancy – is moot. Personally, for someone who previously declared the internet “over” it seems to sit somewhere between putting all is eggs in one basket and a transparent attempt to keep up with the latest trend in an attempt to reach a wider audience – but then Prince is the kind of person with the longevity and the kudos to pretty much get away with anything, even in a musical sense.

As for the track? I managed to find my own copy outside of Tidal (shh!) and it stands up pretty well – more old-skool Prince in pop mode with a real Funky tag, less by-numbers than a lot of his recent stuff, including what I’ve heard from HITNRUN PHASE ONE that I’ve managed to hear without subscribing to the service (I’ll surely buy a physical copy when I have enough pocket-money 😀 ). I actually really like it!

Just as a side note, you can find my own stuff on Tidal here, soon including the Strange People EP. Dig if you will, and if you want to support direct, grab a copy on Bandcamp.

Collections: Dâm-Funk | BOILER ROOM


Collections: Dam-Funk by brtvofficial


OK – so I get that some folks may feel that this blog is getting a bit Dâm-Funk heavy these days. But on some level it could be argued that he’s one of the only contemporary cats actually presenting himself as a straight-up legit Funk artist at the moment – so you gotta show the brother some love! Plus, the man has impeccable taste, as highlighted by this foray into his personal record collection recorded for Boiler Room in July and released yesterday.

Some of these jams are PURE DOPE – further cementing my view of Dâm as a Funk Masta himself – and features relatively obscure cuts from Vanity 6, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Oliver Cheatham and a host of undug jems.

If you’re like me and prefer your mixtapes a little more portable, you can grab a copy of Dâm’s 2008 Stones Throw Podcast from here, free with any purchase from the label (so good that I might have to give it a post of its own!). So whilst your there, maybe consider pre-ordering Dâm’s new serving of Funk fo’ yo’ platter, Invite the Light – a triple LP set that’s shaping up to be real nice.

Wilsoni on Shuffle | Steppin in It – Herbie Hancock (1975)


Herbie Hancock is one of my biggest influences, predominantly stemming from his Jazz-Funk, Headhunters and beyond output. Not only is the man a keen experimenter, he understands the texture of synthesized sounds in arrangements, and the philosophy of The Groove – something which sets him and Roy Ayers apart from other acts they get lumped together with, that I would term ‘Jazz-Fusion’ rather than ‘Jazz-Funk’ and is more about masturbatory solos than hard Funkin’.

This cut is No. 5 on the Man Child record, and features none other than Stevie Wonder on that inimitable harmonica! The groove always makes me pull a face, Mike Clark breakin around the fatback and that squelchy bass line! Try not to let it throw you off The One!

I’d love to be anywhere near as prolific as Herbie, and it seems to be keeping him young! Check him – he looks about 20 years younger than his (as of 2015) 75 years, though he attributes this to Bhuddist chanting and swearing off red meat apparently, as detailed in his interview with Gilles Peterson from 2010.

Prince – Stare | New Song on Spofity?


I thought Prince took all his music off Spotify recently? He said something about labels…

pay[ing] themselves twice while reducing what is owed to artists from pennies on the dollar to fractions of pennies on the dollar.

Seems like another double-bluff from the Prince Promo Playbook. I’m a little disappointed about this, as I feel that streaming services majorly  undervalue music (as I touched on in this post), and the CEOs and shareholders are profiting on content they don’t own through advertising.

Regardless of this, the track in question is ‘sho nuff Funky! Horns and eva’thang – not to mention a cheeky self-reference that made me laugh out loud! If this is the only way to listen to the song atm then it’s pretty smart marketing, as Prince is known for. I’m atcually looking forward to the new record – this is shaping up to be one of his best in recent years.

Whilst you’re there you could always check out my music – but I’d much rather you bought a copy from Bandcamp! I’d very much appreciate it. 😀

Dâm-Funk speaks ‘from the gut’ | The Martlet

It’s overdue for funk music and everything related to it to have some respect now. We’ve come a long way from the rainbow Afros and platform shoes. It’s time to take this music more seriously without taking ourselves too seriously

Source: The Martlet Dâm-Funk speaks ‘from the gut’

Man… I read this article and saw a kindred spirit. One of the only peeps from  the nu-skool that’s reppin’ The Funk.

 

Gives me hope!

Wilsoni on Shuffle | Funky Crime – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1987)

I totally forgot about this one – and the lyrics are much more pertinent to my current musical manner than I’d previously figured when we were jammin’ this in High School!


Like many of my generation, I was a big Chilis fan as a teenager. Flea and Stuart Zender helped foster my love of the low-end, and I was pretty slap happy for a few years. I’ve considered myself to have grown out of them now, but then something like this pops up on shuffle and reminds me that when they were the best of Funk and Punk, the Chilis were pretty bad! This tune’s from what I’d consider their definitive record – The Uplift Mofo Party Plan – the only with the full original line up of Anthony Keidis (Vox), Flea (Bass), Hillel Slovak (Guitar) and Jack Irons (Drums), before Slovak died of an overdose and drove Irons to a mental institution. Check out (George Clinton produced) Freaky Styley for Hillel’s gnarly dive-bombs!

Obviously BloodSugarSexMagick is the classic established line up album, and it’s really great. I think they lost a lot of steam after Frusciante cleaned up. But that’s fine, their prerogative.