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Category Archives: Funk

Rufus & Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good

Slow burning Funk/Soul classic from 1974. Covered by the likes of Lee “Scratch” Perry and Sun City Girls, both of which have been published here on The Sentinel; now it’s time for the original, which was written by Stevie Wonder.

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James Brown – Get Up, Get Into it, Get Involved

It’s very difficult to pick a favourite James Brown track; especially when dealing with his 70’s Funk output; but this track is a contender for one of the very best.
This is a personal favourite of mine due to the fact that it was the first proper James Brown track I ever heard*(‘Living In America’ doesn’t count).
I first heard this track on an early radio one Hip-Hop show that I religiously listened to and taped every week. This was 1985 and Hip-Hop and Electro was in full swing but still had that innovative edge (you felt part of the underground for listening to it; graffing was my other B-Boy outlet).
The James Brown tracks stood out among the rest of the modern output; obviously sounding ‘of their time’. however, there was something still fresh and tough about them, and there still is to this day.

The section that kicks in at 3:06 is amazing. The breaks are pure Hip-Hop and the guitar is psychedelic a la Funkadelic.
What a tune. And it’s from 1971.

*It could have been ‘Funky President’ that I first heard; not sure as this was a long time ago.

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground

This track is an absolute classic and a true Soul/Funk gem. From the very get go and that unbelievable guitar sound, the listener knows that they’re in very, very good hands. From Stevie’s 1973 album ‘Innervisions’.

Material feat. William S. Burroughs – Seven Souls

This number from Bill Laswell’s Psych-Funk project is from the 1989 album of the same name, where Material collaborated with writer Burroughs, who can be heard reading portions of his novel ‘The Western Lands’. Shades of Eno and Byrne’s work, as well as elements of Jon Hassell permeate this, ahem, material.

James Brown – Superbad, Superslick

The minister of super heavy Funk gives the world one of the richest Soul tunes.  This rich 1975 tune is spacious, funky, elegant, yet tough. This is in among  his greatest songs, and that’s not a statement made lightly.  And those backing vocals.

Parliament – Big Bang Theory

We pay tribute to Stephen Hawkins’ union with the cosmos; 1979’s ‘GloryHallaStoopid (Pin The Tale On The Funky)’ by P-Funk kings Parliament.

Prince – Automatic

The Electro is strong in this one, and made even better with the track cosying up with ‘Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)’ on his album 1999 (1981).  “A U T O matic”

Parliament – One of Those Funky Things

P-Funk, Uncut Funk, The Bomb.
The best track from ‘The Motor Booty Affair’ album from 1978.

Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)

A wonderful future funk track from Prince’s fifth studio album; 1982’s ‘1999’. This could be a contender for the tag ‘Minneapolis Techno’, and surely stands as one of the records that influenced the Motor City guys. Fantastic tune.

*This is a fan made video, just to let you know.

Funkadelic – I Got A Thing, You Got A Thing, Everybody’s Got A Thing

George Clinton’s ‘Rock’ project give us Wah-Wah Psych Rock with a Funk bent on a track from their immense debut album from 1970. If this track doesn’t make you grin from ear to ear, we don’t know what will.

 

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