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.

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.

“Stand Up & Be Recognised!” played on Amazing Radio | 6th July 2015

Simon Raymonde seems to like my music (or his producer does, at least) as “Stand Up & Be Recognised!” was featured on his Amazing Radio show on Monday.

If you remember, Simon gave me my first radio airplay with “Empowerful Strut – WYSIWYG” on the same show in April.

You can listen to the show on Simon’s Amazing Radio page, or click here to jump straight to the part of the show where the song is played, around 4:30.


 The cool thing about Amazing Radio is that it’s for unsigned artists, and if a track gets a lot of attention on Amazing Tunes then it’s more likely to get radio play. So, you can find all my music at amazingtunes.com/funkmasta, and whilst you’re discovering your new favourite band you can give my stuff a ‘like’ or playlist it and I might get played again – I reckon it sounds much better squashed through the radio compressor!

Let me know what you think, leave a comment or message me on Twitter or Facebook.

Snoop Dogg – Peaches N Cream [Bush – 2015]


Snoopy’s back with a new offering, post 7 Days of Funk. (For those disparaging the Snoop Lion thang – yes, I know. But it seems he’s still switching personas, and he’s done that for years. See?)

Even though he seems more comfortable as Snoopzilla of late (is he actually Bootsy Collins’ nephew?), from what I’ve heard of the new record Bush – featuring production from The Neptunes – it’s confusing. Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson, sure – they’ve got history together, but what’s Stevie doing on California Roll?

But whatever – this cut’s Funky!

Strange People EP OUT NOW!!!

The long overdue official debut from Wilsoni Tha’ Funk Masta, the Strange People EP is now available anywhere you can think of as a digital download or stream!

If you’re digging on it, support the artist direct and buy from Bandcamp.

The lead single features Soul Diva in-the-making Leanne Robinson, and has been a long time coming – so I hope you dig it!

DāM-FunK Live DJ set at Monarch with Sweater Funk, March 2015

Check out this piece of live ‘wax-only’ goodness from DāM-FunK at San Francisco’s premier Sunday night Boogie spot, Sweater Funk.

DāM-FunK remains one of the most prolific of the new Funk artists on the scene at the moment – and lucky for us, he continues to put out little bites of West-Coast Wildstyle jams for our listening pleasure at fairly regular intervals. Follow him on Twitter for genuine nuggets of personal wisdom and humble truths.

DāM is signed to one of my favourite labels, Stones Throw Records – home to Madlib amongst others.