Wilsoni’s BBC Playlister Playlist – 28/08/2015


Here’s your lot from August. Bit of 1st World Problem this month as the BBC updated the iPlayer Radio app and removed the alarm function (click that link and read the comments, if you’re interested – I’m not the only person who was a bit miffed about it), so I’d been having a hard time listening during the week ’till they brought it back. Good thing it’s all about Funky Saturday – Huey, Gilles, and Craig Charles.

Anyway, a lot of classics in this month’s playlist – Rick James, AWB, Esther Williams… a few I got hipped to from playing GTA in Uni from the likes of The Pointer Sisters, Galaxy… Some selections from the week David Lynch was on promoting his curation of the Meltdown Festival on the Southbank… And one of my all-time favs in the form of “Skin Tight” by the Ohio Players.

Pick of the month – it’s gotta be “We Continue” by Dam-Funk. The album’s due to drop on September 4th.

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. 😀

Wilsoni’s BBC Playlister Playlist – 30/07/2015


A couple of really great picks from the radio in July – despite the iPlayer Radio app removing the alarm function! Really screwed with my sleeping habits!
I terms of new stuff, Tame Impala obviously with some nice grooves, the new Beck track is catchy with a Fatback (though maybe lyrically a bit shallow in the chorus, eh?), a bit of Joni from my favourite album of hers, old acquaintance Chad Jackson’s No.1 blast from the past, and some delicious Rare Groove from Gilles’ show last Saturday.

Top pick of the month, though: Thundercat‘s new jam “Them Changes”. I LOVE this. Always keen to hear what Thundercat and FlyLo have got in store for us – the man’s virtuoso liquid vibes!

Public Enemy Takeover | Soho Radio

Public Enemy Takeover – Chuck D & DJ Lord (13/07/2015) by Soho Radio on Mixcloud

I’m only just starting to listen to it, but it’s BAAAAD y’all! This is some hype you can believe! So far it’s Chuck rappin over DJ Lord cutting James Brown jams – this makes me happy! 😀

Heads up for the brand new Man Plans God Laughs record that PE just dropped yesterday.

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.

“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!

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