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.

Gilles Peterson: Roy Ayers 75th Birthday Mix | Gilles Peterson Worldwide


Roy Ayers! What a legend. One of my biggest musical influences, widely known as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul” and purveyor of the Jazz-Funk – the man has many a mighty fine groove in his array.

Still going and with a sharp sense of humour at the grand old age of 75, the encyclopaedicly-minded crate-digger king that is Gilles Peterson has honoured this milestone with a mix of the lesser-known numbers from Roy’s back-catalogue (the banger that is Chigago isn’t in there, but Gilles knows his onions so I ain’t complaining 😀 ). Get yourself acquainted. You’ll find the full tracklist on Gilles’ page by clicking here.

If you’re digging on this, I did my own minimix for the Allstar Sonics Soundslikehoney music blog the last time Roy was in London. You can find the mix if you click here.

 

 

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. 😀