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.

WOKE = FlyLo x Thundercat x Shabazz Palaces (+ George Clinton) | Prog-Soul Supergroup | The Fader

“Lavishments” comes together around a deep bass groove and a staggered hand-clap

via The Fader: http://www.thefader.com/2015/09/28/flying-lotus-shabazz-palaces-thundercat


To call the coming together of this lot a “Supergroup” is something of a misnomer, as it’s hardly the first time they’ve worked together, but then again perhaps it is an accurate description of the level of potential energy on offer. In the official coming together of  Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces as WOKE, the gang could be seen with reference to featured regular Grand Old Man George Clinton as a future-Funkadelic in terms of the accumulating of musicians, experimentation and the openness to cross-contamination on each other’s output.

This single is 17 of 19 singles from Adult Swim, which helped break FlyLo using his instrumentals for their ad break seagues. Check out their other annual singles collections all the way back to 2010, which contain some equally tasty breaks and moods to sit inside.

I think it’s great to have such interesting cats around these days – playing such progressive music but also paying homage to the progenitors and the roots of Soul Music (as an umbrella). Plus they’re crazy, on-the-level people to boot. Also – I have no idea why Adult Swim has such a big involvement in pushing stuff like this but I’m not complaining – the programming block is how I discovered both FlyLo and Trigun. Which shouldn’t make sense, but has happened.

George Clinton Spent 3M & Refuses To Stop Fight With Record Labels | iloveoldschoolmusic.com

George “P-Funk” Clinton is naming names and not taking any prisoners! He said that he’s tired of record labels collectively plotting their conspiracy against him

Source: George Clinton Spent 3M & Refuses To Stop Fight With Record Labels

Just an update on GC’s copyright situation. I didn’t know he was a crackhead back in the day, but it does make a lot of sense! He’ll always be the Jesus of the Church of The Funk, glad to see he’s well.

Mo’ Power to ya, George!

George Clinton & P-Funk Live on Jools Holland | BBC Two


I don’t know if you managed to catch Jools last night?

In recent years, the show’s become something of a shadow of its former self (in my opinion) – just another stop on the promo circuit. I wonder if it’s something to do with BBC pressure, I get the impression Jools has less of a hand in selecting acts for the show. The result seems to be less eclectic, unknown and international artists, slightly more formulaic; 2 rock/pop acts who 10 years ago would have no place on Jools, one left-of-centre-yet-safeish pick usually hyped by the music press, one acoustic singer/songwriter doing that type of thing, one old ‘legend’, and one ‘world’ act. NB – there is a possibility that it was always like this, and I’m just more cynical now. Just seems like the choices are less inspired these days. A sign ‘o’ the times?

Let’s ignore Mumford’s blatant and uninspired re-brand (from cliché faux-country bumpkins to cliché faux-rockers, exact same songs!) and focus on GC. They sure have a hard time containing themselves into their allocated slot! It’s hard fitting several P-Funk classics into 4 minutes – especially on top of each other, but messy as it is the set was probably the most bombastic thing on the show by far.

As much as I love having (and repeatedly missing!) the opportunity to see P-Funk live in London every year, it is a little sad that (what I interpret as) George’s necessity to tour out of unpaid royalties, and subsequently he’s constantly promoting something. But perhaps he’s just never lost the love for it.

 

 

#FMF // FUNK MASTA FRIDAY // KENDRICK LAMAR – WESLEY’S THEORY (FEAT. GEORGE CLINTON & THUNDERCAT)

What’s good, people? Wilsoni Tha’ Funk Masta here, bringing an injection for the Funk Junkies:

Since the new Kendrick record is getting suitably hyped by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Time Magazine at the moment, I thought it would be pertinent to post something reasonably relevant for a change!

My choice cut is the opener – and what a tune! Produced by FlyLo and subsequently featuring his right-hand virtuoso bass freak Thundercat, in full Bootsy mode to compliment George Clinton in the wings, this is Funkadelic fresh with a supermodern stomp on it (and a Dave Chappelle reference to boot!).

I will put my hand up and say I missed the whole Kendrick Lamar buzz (apparently my head’s been under a rock or something) but from the sounds of this record I’ve been missing out BIG TIME – the cat is sho’ nuff Funky!

N.B. – Check out the handclaps on “Complexion (A Zulu Love) – #thatswhatImtalkingabout


The album was kept schtum for a while, leaked last week and is available to stream now – as if you didn’t know it just broke the streaming record! – or buy from iTunes.

George Clinton interviewed by John Humpries on BBC Radio 4


Who’d have thought they’d ever see a P-Funk/Mastermind mashup?

Dr. Funkenstein himself – in good spirits as always – gets grilled by the veteran broadcaster on a variety of topics, starting with his take on the recent Robin Thicke/Pharrell/Marvin Gaye palava. GC gives his definitive opinion, which echoes Stevie Wonder’s similar sentiment on the recent TMZ soundbite here.
Also discussed are the state of Race Relations in the wake of the Ferguson incident, and his thoughts on the President.

Right On, George. Right On.