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Mayer Hawthorne · Her Favorite Song (Oliver Remix)

Gettin funky with Hawthorne's sensual somethings

The Oliver duo, consisting of U-Tern & Oligee, just did a remix of Mayer Hawthorne’s ‘Her Favorite Song’ and man is it on the funky side. Hawthorne has one of my favorite voices of this past decade, but Oliver takes his sound to my neck of the woods in music right now, electro funk.

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Follow Me · Somethin’ Bout You

Funky, soulful glam jam goodness

With a name like Follow Me, I was instantly turned off. The name sounds like a gimmick, and like every other crave fame musician they pitched my SoundCloud inbox where all I needed it was in my dropbox (sorry, the name made me bring it up). But besides their dated marketing techniques, Follow Me has got a sound that I’m so into right now.

One of their latest singles, ‘Somethin’ Bout You,’ starts off like a dream with repitched vocals that now seem standard on this blog. Once the deep chords hit however, this new style of soul drops to vast new levels.

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WMNSTUDIES · Make You

Janet Jackson remixes are the new Janet Jackson

I asked WMNSTUDIES if they had any Janet remixes on file – I’m putting together a super solid (yes, super) mix of JJ remixes – but they didn’t have anything finished quite yet. I held off on this super solid mix to see what they could come up with, but I soon started to realize I may not like it. WMNSTUDIES has been pretty consistent so far, but too many times I’ve had to let down an artist and they usually don’t take it too well.

Thankfully, WMNSTUDIES keeps with the quality and mixes one of Janet’s hits into another disco-pop sampler that I’ve been over-obsessing over lately. I don’t know if it’s got the moves to take on a few of my favorite Janet Jackson remixes I got lined up, but they’ve definitely made the cut.

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FKJ · Lying Together

Could've only come from zFrench

Even when this world feels fake and contrived at least our music doesn’t. Sometimes you just need a funky-ass tune (all the time) and FKJ’s Lying Together is just one of many. And I shall put them all together for a Lying Together mix sometime soon for you.

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Funk LeBlanc

Flipping french on its funk ear

Crossing language barriers in music has always been difficult, but when the beat is right then we don’t need no stinking words that mean anything. Funk LeBlance, a producer from the Bay, not only takes french and turns it on its disco//funk ear, but classics from Michael Jackson & Jade as well. Especially love Jade’s ‘Every Day of the Week’ flipped and flopped around for this generation’s ears.

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Jason Burns · Just 4 Me (Jook10 Remix)

Sometimes repetition rocks out well

There’s something soothing about repetition, and like Magic Touch & Sapphire Slows – ‘When I See You’, Jook10 has the funkyass drum patterns that sooth out with repetition, though the lows might need a little softening. Beat really hits the vocals well on this ‘Just 4 Me’ remix. – – As always, gotta wonder who these vocals came from.

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Disclosure · Help Me Lose My Mind

featuring vocals from London Grammar that sure do carry

This took me sometime, but I’ve finally warmed up to London Grammar’s voice in ‘Help Me Lose My Mind.’ At first it reminded me too much of the female British vocal craze goin on, but London Grammar is of the few that finally broke through the mess of it all. The girl can really carry a note and Disclosure took full advantage.

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Storm Queen · Look Right Through (MK Dub III)

"They don't talk to me, they look right through."

There are remixes that completely change up the style and there are ones that improve on what’s existing (and others that unimprove). While Mark Kinchen hasn’t completely changed up Storm Queen’s original, this ‘Look Right Through’ remix certainly improves on it. With a UK garaged-out sound, this tempo was certainly crafted for Storm Queen’s vocalist.

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Isaac Tichauer ·· Take Over You

with full funk expressions in this soul-riddled EP

French Express is once again staying consistent in their choice selection of music with Isaac Tichauer’s funk slice of house, Take Over You. The EP’s cut up into five solid states (tracks), but other than the lead single the four others are simply meant for passive rather than active listening. The four others just aren’t supported with vocals like on ‘Take Over You,’ one’s that carry the song the whole way through rather than just becoming an instrument of it.

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Thundercat ·· Apocalypse

A sentimental kind of soul

From the first two tracks I’ve listened to of Thundercat’s, thanks to Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label, it’s plain to see he brings a vocal sentiment to his funky bass guitar jams. I haven’t heard the rest of Thundercat’s Apocalypse album yet, but I hope it keeps up the consistency that I heard on “Heartbreaks + Setbacks” & ‘Oh Sheit It’s X.’ Still in much demand for soulful vocals like Stephen “Thundercat” Brunner’s.

Apocalypse is set to release June 4. In the meantime, check out Thundercat’s catalogue.

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