LET'S GROOVE
Classic Funk Upbeat Chilling Party

A Trip Down to FunkyTown

So funk! Most people can’t really describe in words what funk is, but we all know the familiar guitar lick and surrounding grooves. For some of the older fans who lived through the golden age, it might seem that apart from the odd pop song using a bit of funky production, that sound is sorely missing in modern music. This might be true in the mainstream, but under the surface of pop radio, this is actually the best time for music. You just don’t get it fed it as easily as when the options for radio or TV stations was just a handful. Now you have to scour the far reaches of the internet for all the less generic and interesting artists. Which was the biggest driver for starting to do this in the first place. The idea with this one is to use the Trojan horse of Stevie Wonder, Prince, Earth, Wind & Fire, etc to lure in fans to see all the interesting ways this somewhat limited sound has evolved and diverged.

DISSECTION

This station was made using the bulk ingredients of a lot of old classics along with modern funk artists as the spine…then pepper in songs with a funky vibe from artists in other genres like pop/rock/electronic/hip-hop…it start with adding things I know from my own collection and builds from there…then repeated listens through while culling like half the songs. Sometimes I’ll make very specific playlists but this one is far more general so clocks in over 200 songs.

The last step was going through and picking one of the song titles in the list that best represents the vibe to name the playlist after, this time Earth, Wind & Fire’s LET’S GROOVE.

STATION ARTIST SPOTLIGHT

  • Tom Misch – One of my favourite finds recently, multi-instrumentalist with a very funky vibe and soulful voice. His recent album Geography is a lesson in modern funk and soul. Listen to this and let it run through you - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1N_wbhAfQ4
  • FKJ – Another multi-instrumentalist with an amazing ear for melody. Here he is with Tom Misch above, recording a song from scratch (everything you hear is played and looped within the video duration only - nothing was recorded before). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4Q7d0CtYyk Here’s a beautifully located 1.5 hour set on salt flats while the sun sets behind as he records everything he plays as you see in real time. Perfect as a screensaver and for listening while working - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCNlt5nvSI8
  • Jungle –English soul/funk music collective founded in 2013. A lot of their music sounds frozen in time during the funk era, without many modern influences. So if you’re a fan of soul and funk of the 60s, this won't require much adventurousness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nJRGARveVc
  • Thundercat – If you’ve followed Kendrick Lamar and enjoyed To Pimp A Butterfly, you have Thundercat to thank for those funky basslines. There are extremely few bass guitarists who are the lead focus as an artist. I think it's his ability to make a variety of bassline focused songs that don’t feel like he’s hogging the spotlight just for the sake of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNCd_ERZvZM


NEXT WEEK: Sampling instrumentals……

Track Listing
LET'S GROOVE

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LET'S GROOVE

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