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    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010 edited
    The Funk Thread aka..Quentin Tarantino's secret record stash!

    I want your favorite FUNK songs!

    Funk: That sub genre of RnB that supplies the groove theories
    that power every single form of modern music..hip hop, drum n bass,
    house, everything would sound different if funk didn't exist. So
    let's take it back to the source...I want your favorite Funk songs..

    kicking off with my offering:-

    Earth Wind & Fire -"Mighty Mighty!" [1973]

    Heri Mkocha
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    Okay, now we're cooking with gas! I'm going to limit myself to three selections here, and bands that are currently active.

    Lefties Soul Connection - Bouncing Ball (Hutspot, 2006)

    The Soul Investigators - Mo' Hash (Mo' Hash / Micro Popcorn, 2009)

    Breakestra - Hit Tha Flo!

    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010 edited
    Nice, nice taphead!

    But I really wanted to take it back to the ORIGINAL source

    I was trying to take it back to the original tunes between:

    The late 1960s early 80s.With the 1970s heyday of course!

    because after about 1984 Funk got fused with lots of other things
    and became The Minneapolis Sound ,which Prince gained his sound from.
    Then a became big part of New jack Swing

    I want the pure old this...

    Graham Central Station - "Release yourself" [1975]

    Heri Mkocha
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    Back to the source, huh? Can do!

    The Bar-Kays - Holy Ghost

    Johnny Otis Show - Watts Breakaway

    The Meters - Just Kissed My Baby

    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    Get the Funk outta here!!

    Bow down to Tap Head....The first tune is awesome!

    Heri Mkocha
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    A little bit off the track here, but Can could get pretty goddamn funky when they wanted to.

    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010

    That Can tune is pretty Funky, but again TOO modern.

    I want to rescue the old Funk tunes. Here's some
    Latin Funk by the group WAR...

    War - "Ballero" [1974]

    Heri Mkocha
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    Modern, but hey come one, it's Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings.

    But I'm going to come back to this thread when I get home and go through my library...there will definitely be something there.

    In the meantime though...
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010 edited

    hmmmm, i like your second pick more. The first is great
    but straying on Brand New Heavies territory, but in a good way.

    Alright i'm going to go slightly modern,
    and by that i mean the early 80s !

    As the 70s became the 80s new technology came along and
    some Funk bands replaced their organic drum kits with drum
    machines and drum pads,and reinforced their bass lines
    with synth bass lines. The funk now ran on electricity!
    One of these bands was the DAZZ BAND......

    Dazz Band - "Let it whip" [1982]

    Dazz Band - "Let it whip" (2007 live version)

    I like the Live performance, it starts anemically, then
    just builds and builds and doesn't really kick in till 3.28,
    then the crowd get involved. Looks like it was a great night.

    Heri Mkocha
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010 edited
    If someone didn't post the Meters right away I was going to protest!
    But y'know...*cough* Parliament *cough* Funkadelic *cough*:

    And if it's strictly classic funk you want...

    James Brown:


    Or, here's some jazz fusion with a distinct funkiness:

    That's Steve Gadd on the muthafuckin' drums.
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    Oh, you gonna get it now...

    Now with the 70's, you have to be careful about straying into R&B or Disco. I mean, do you want it kept smooth and sexy, or do you want some real, stankalicious grooves?

    A couple of the unsung ladies of Funk - Millie Jackson - not just a foul-mouthed comedian... the riff is pure Parliament, the groove is more on the Norman Whitfield tip (see the awesome "Carwash", OST) with the Muscle Shoals Players on horns:

    Millie Jackson

    And on a raunchier note, Miles' ex missus, Betty:

    Some Stevie Wonder:

    From the UK, Cymande (how many tracks have this sampled in it?):
    The Message

    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    But, let's step it up and back a bit-

    James Brown from 1969:
    Cold Sweat

    Isley Brothers:
    It's Your Thing

    Ohio Players:

    Hit it and quit it

    I'd rather be with you

    Okay. Anyone pregnant yet?
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    Looks like I have too much to handle...

    Isley Brothers doing Ohio & Machine Gun live:
    Ohio & Machine Gun

    James Brown again...
    Funky Drummer

    The Staples Singers:
    Respect Yourself

    Another track with Norman Whitfield's strong involvement - The Temptations:
    Papa Was A Rollin' Stone

    Gil Scott-Heron on a jazzy note:
    Lady Day and John Coltrane

    And... some reggae funk from Toots and The Maytals:
    Funky Kingston
    • CommentTimeSep 14th 2010
    Good stuff all 'round.

    Let's go into rare groove territory for a bit.

    Lil' Lavair & The Fabulous Jades - Cold Heat

    Latin Breed - I Turn You On

    The Highlighters Band - The Funky 16 Corners

    And then moving on to jazzier things, Herbie Hancock's Chameleon is another absolute killer.

  2.  (8918.15)
    This is a great thread with really awesome rarieties going on, and Cymande, Funkadelic and James Brown were mentioned so the super real essential has been taken care of.

    I'll try and edit back in youtubes later, but what I would add is Mandrill, Selda (as in the Turkish funk-protest Selda), a lot of posthumously released Jimi Hendrix cuts, lots of what's on Pomegranates comp which is the most important thing that was released this year.
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2010 edited

    That highlighters band- the funky 16 corners
    tune is awesome.I can't believe I never heard it. It MUST be sampled!
    Every little bit of it sounds as if it should be in a hip hop record.
    You guys did great.

    Let's return to the originator of the Funk James Brown!

    James Brown& JBs & Bobby Byrd - "get involved"

    (Watch the bit when the groove changes
    in the middle of the song,at 0:50
    it gets me everytime!)

    heri Mkocha
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    i hate you arklight
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2010


    Back to the business.

    Slave - Screw Your Wig On Tite

    Bill Withers - Use Me

    Ah hell with it. Time to get on the updates to the sound.

    Imatran Voima - American Splendor

    Give us the NEW, Whitechapel.
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    Funkiest bassline ever? Quite possibly.

    PS: While listening to this, try to imagine Warren being suave and escaping the police in a Porsche after a particularly complicated bank robbery.
    • CommentTimeSep 15th 2010
    Note to self...the Master does not like The Funk.