For a few months now I’ve been participating in a monthly music club at a friend’s company. Every month, a small group of us get together and each brings a CD of anything they want for the rest. The people in the club are all avid music fans and you never know what they’re going to bring. So far, it’s been a blast.
Just for posterity, I’m going to start putting my mixes here on the old blog, so consider this a short break from the normal technical content.
This month I decided to focus on funk and groove and I pulled out some tasty stuff.
UPDATE: You can also listen to the first part of this mix (for now at least) at MuxTape.
|What You Need||Galactic w/Lyrics Born||From the Corner to the Block||One of my favorite albums of 2007 – Galactic smokes and the addition of different MCs to every track was a stroke of genius.</tr>|
|Get It Up||Vallejo||Steamboat Live ’97||One of my favorite Austin bands brings the funk on this live track from the venerable Steamboat, where I saw my first Vallejo show years ago. I have never ever seen a band hit the stage with as much energy as that night.|
|Gotta Let Me Know||Breakestra||Hit The Floor||I got into Breakestra a couple years ago and they continue to hit my rotation frequently – great funk tunes played over breaks.|
|Daktari Walk||Daktaris||Soul Explosion||Afro beat goodness – a great blend of influences from the Fela Kuti to James Brown. Been listening to this a lot lately.|
|I Don’t Know Where I’m Going||Lee Fields||Problems||I found Lee Fields by way of Sharon Jones and he’s an old school r&b guy making it happen today, just like her.|
|Tell Me||Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings||100 Days, 100 Nights||Got a chance to see Sharon in concert earlier this year and she was pretty amazing.|
|Scorpio||Kashmere Stage Band||Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities, Vol. 1||From a nice funk compilation – always reminds me of the music from The Incredibles|
|Get On The Good Foot||James Brown||40th Anniversary Collection||He’s the Godfather for a reason.|
|Mr. Big Stuff||Jean Knight||Stax Gold||Surprisingly, this song hasn’t yet been ruined for me by getting rewritten and maimed in a commercial. Yeah you’ve heard it before, and yeah it’s still good.|
|Where’s the Music?||Medeski, Martin, and Wood||Let’s Go Everywhere||MMW are well known for their acid-jazz funk groove. Last year they put out this fun kid’s album that even adults with taste can enjoy.|
|Blow Your Brains Out||Brooklyn Funk Essentials||Cool & Steady & Easy||A great band with a groove that put out several really strong albums.|
|Where I’m From||Digable Planets||Reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)||Great album, great song|
|Loungin’||Guru||Jazzmatazz Vol. 1||The first in a series of interesting jazz/hip-hop/funk hybrid collaborations|
|Homo Lingo||Deep Banana Blackout||Live Apr 1st, 2004||These guys groove and the singer is just great.|
|Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)||Marvin Gaye||What’s Going On||I’m too young and pale to have been present when this song was important, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t feel it. Not to mention one of the best bass lines ever laid down (from the under-appreciated Funk Brothers).|