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The Funk Shall Be Within You

Now if I give you the funk, you gon' take it

I was talking to my coworkers about the music in my Late Night Jazz list. While it’s definitely not the music of the early turn of last century, it still gives me that feeling of jazz for the evening, unconventional as it may be. It’s all covered in electronic sounds and that’s where our opinions stray.

Same goes with our funk-infused playlist, The Funk Shall Be Within You. It may go off into electro at times, but the feeling of funk is strong throughout and I don’t think any word could describe it better, especially electronic. Other than nufunk or any other made up offshoot, but that’s a whole other debate.

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Josh J.

Guy is one good guitarist

You know this guy can play guitar when he’s got me off my ass dancing better than any edm. Most music takes vocals for me to connect, but Josh J’s guitar talks wonders.

Just listen to Babble’s Sundazin for me, all the way through. That ending! Woof.

But he’s got much more than that. That’s what’s so amazing about him. Consistency. And he sets up his guitar well (he can produce).

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The groovier side of funk

Our electro funk from last year grew so much we decided to break it up & section it into a few playlists. First up comes from the groovier side.

I wanted to call this Groovewit hits, but Lauren talked me out of it. Generally speaking it lies in the mid-range of electro music with heavy synth influence and a whole lotta funky bass.

Let us know how well the songs flowed together for you.
It’s important to us.

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Ghetto Funk era

Favorite music to dance to

Of all the obnoxious, nonsensical electronic styles out there, how the hell didn’t ghetto funk get to be the biggest? Back in 2011, we so badly wanted it to be the next big thing, but didn’t happen. All the decent ghetto funk hits were remixes and the much more garish electronic styles owned the years up ’til now.

The reason I’m such an advocate for this style of electro funk is that like the thing it’s attached to most, remixes, ghetto funk is meant to be taken lightheartedly with a sound much more for mindless dancing – in the best sense of the word – than anything else. I’d actually say it’s my favorite style to dance to overall, though individual songs are a different story.

It kind of reminds me of what swing might have felt like back in the day.

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One T · Audible

This got funk

Well, funk is back, at least for us. One T’s Audible took our interest in electro funk and pushed it into something more funk electro (emphasis on the funk).

Audible is actually a reinterpretation of One T’s collaboration with Kentaroxiii & Toma Love Child. One T pitched down his verse from the original and brought in Josh Jar’s guitar. And damn if that guitar don’t make this funk, on the highs & the lows.

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Toxo · Need Your Love

Turbo funk. Who comes up with this shit? <3

I try to think of my father listening to music like this and I’m sure he wouldn’t really get it. I actually remember showing him some ghetto funk and as much as he tried to get where I’m at, it seemed like it sounded broken to him, it does to me sometimes (ghetto funk specifically).

Even electro funk like this can sound like it’s a little too rich at times, Toxo’s ‘Need Your Love’ especially needs a little tightening up, but garish electro like this is the future of dance music. Although I have a feeling it’ll break off in two with a not so electro style… basically not so lazery.

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WhiteNoize · This Means War (Original Mix)

Sometimes the bass is all you need. The intro to my life.

We’d love to cover all good beats like ‘This Means War,’ but usually don’t. This song gives off a good sound, but lacks the variance and strong vocal presence we look for in most songs worth remembering. However, dat bass is something to talk about.

This is the best intro with a bass I’ve ever heard. It may not be the best track for the peak of the night, but it’s good one to start it off right. This song is set for any occasion worth an introduction. Definitely playing it for my first kid’s birth, though I don’t think I’ll have much say in the matter.

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Bit Funk · Soul Satisfaction

This soul satisfaction sounds like a hit from the 40’s, albeit grossly updated. I could see kids now doin the spongebob dance to Bit Funk’s jitterbug beat. I actually just found out about this ‘new’ style of dance, but I know it’s a play off something from the 40’s. Forget the name though, anyone in the know let me know.

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Lxury · J.A.W.S

Co-produced with Disclosure

Starting to think Method Records may be my new favorite label. With their most notable release of the year, ‘Together‘ sports some notable names including Nile Rodgers, Disclosure & Sam Smith. But before all that, they gave us Lxury’s ‘J.A.W.S.’, which I’m now coming to find was co-produced with Disclosure.

Disclosure is all over the place and that’s a key to creativity. They know the art of collaborate as their past pairings like Lxury can corroborate.

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Panda · Eighty Nine

Didn't see that change up coming. And neither will you.

When the beat drops off just under a minute in, it feels like Panda and their ‘Eighty Nine’ goes for a whole change of pace. Rarely do I see a song successfully pull off a complete change up and although this isn’t quit that it’s a beautiful balance between disco highs and deep soul lows.

Still can’t believe that switch up. Keep rewinding back with me.

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