So Prince & his newly formed band with the girls of 3rd Eye Girl have revived ‘Lets Go Crazy’ for 2013. This thing is an electro rock, bluesy bass beast, and more than anything it’s just nice to see Prince perform something so fresh. I’ve seen too much negative publicity around his dislike for remix & covers, so this is a nice turn around, though I’m sure there’s more to the story & this bad ass remake than we know right now. Still. Today, is a good day for music.
Bobby C has been the go to guy for my Ghetto Funk needs lately and now the label has released a quad-banger of his for all of us. The Bobby C Sound TV EP is comprised mostly of rap & reggae funksters signed with that BCST carefree, lazer funk sound. If we only had more Ghetto Funk like Bobby on our radios this wouldn’t be such an underground gem. Spread it wide, people.
JNL done electro-funk right. I keep on coming across tracks of his that spin catchy and yet I still haven’t gotten to posting any of them. The one thing I did finding missing were solid vocals, but his latest collab with Atlaas set that straight. So sit back and listen to two pounds of funk that have some serious breaks, but first something to get you warmed up, something much smoother.
Luminaire is such a favorite of mine because he picks such good vocals. ‘Like We Used To’ is a simple dirty disco beat with a few verses repeated, but the vocals are chosen so well and the beat is matched up so right. –Gotta get him doin legit collabs soon though.
If you’re looking for something groovy to get you through the week, Brooklyn-based Bit Funk has released a disco-infused jam that is guaranteed to please indie dance music lovers. The Long Road Ahead is a sticky-sweet track incorporating a beautiful combination of synth melodies, chopped vocals and harmonious piano chords. If you’re a disco enthusiast, an indie fan or just a lover of those chill grooves, Bit Funk should be on your radar for 2013.
It’s 2013 and I know you’re all just dying to move on to the next big electro-genre. UK Garage is nothing new on the scene, but the last months of 2012 were pretty explosive for the genre—classified by that funky 4/4 kick-drum rhythm and shuffling hi-hats—as. Disclosure, two teenage producers from Surrey (UK), have made their way onto major radio playlists, namely BBC Radio 1.
The two have been producing for quite a few years, but their big break out on the scene was late in 2012 with their smooth Garage hit ‘Latch.’ Disclosure wastes no time building a percussive intro, and dives right into a song driven strongly by the rhythm as well as its explosive and gorgeous vocals. I’m a sucker for some strong male vocals, and what I particularly love about the UK Garage genre is how heavily its vocals always pull from R&B influences. UK Garage has a tendency to be driven more by the percussive beat than the melody, but Disclosure’s ability to create a track that pushes those boundaries through more complex melodies really shows their potential to make their own distinctive mark on the genre […]
I could count the times on my toes where someone made a mix with as much soul as this. And to top it off, this Never Say Never label has all these acts in the bag, signed. There are many nu disco flavors on this Morning After mix, all with some sort of funk charm thrown in, but one sticks out over many other solid tracks. I’ve been putting ‘Alright with Me’ on heavy repeat and I can stop playing it…and I like it!
This sure sounded like a Deadmau5 ripoff to me, both in name & sound, but unlike all those other copycats, Dead CAT Bounce is building better on their predecessor. The soft intro, a vocalist who could carry the beat & an electro funk sound that bounces almost better than the mau5 makes this something to more than just graze over. Definitely bounce worthy.
While preparing this post, my roommate wanted to remind me of the stereotypes in cultural music. With a cynical smile, he said that this reminded him of Slumdog Millionaire. And I guess if I hadn’t been listening to this Hindi infused electronic for the last year, I would’ve thought the same. So I guess the lesson here is to listen to different cultures’ music infused with your own to break down the stereotypes, and this time I have Sol Rising to thank for that.
Sol Rising reminds me of the electro infused Hindi I’ve been listening to, but without one main ingredient. Unlike Bobby C’s ‘Yogi Fire,’ ‘Distant Lands’ takes on the electro funk without the ghetto wobble. Both do it with a charm of their own, but either is a nice electro bump around Hindi music.
Like too many SoundClouders before them, Pimpsoul & Neon Steve decided not to include the vocals they sampled for what I’m guessing is out of copyright fears… or is it something else Whatever it may be, we’ve got to find a solution so musicians get the proper credit they deserve. Thankfully, after a lil’ digging around, I found out who these two sampled.
When I first heard ‘Merry Go Round,’ I thought Pimpsoul & Neon Steve were sampling the Jackson 5. But after getting these things wrong more than once, you tend to check your work before posting it to the public. ‘Merry Go Round’ actually takes an obscure Supremes’ vocal sample and gives it a “complete funk facial.” And as much as I love the bass buzzing ghetto funk, how they perform the vocal breaks is what impresses me most.