Articles tagged with funk

Mr. Vacation with Special Guest Brett Burton

February 7

Mr. Vacation is back and this time he’s got a new DJ partner — Brett Burton. Two DJs with very different methods will have to work together if they’re gonna see this thing through. Their reputations on the line, a friendship on the edge and a dance floor caught in the middle, it’s an explosive cocktail. This action packed, all-vinyl thrill ride will delight fans of Funk, Disco, Garage, Soul and more!  ★★★★

Legowelt – “And The Beat Goes On”

October 23

Dutch producer Danny Wolfers, aka Legowelt, just uploaded this track to his Soundcloud, a curious but charming interpretation of The Whsipers’ 1980 boogie hit “And the Beat Goes On.” Incorporating the glorious muted tonality of budget synths captured on normal-bias cassette tape, it preserves the basic structure of the song, minus of the vocals (aside from Legowelt’s timid recitation of “and the beat goes on” peeking out occasionally from under his thick blanket of sound. Call it chillwave, call it abstract funk, I definitely call it compelling, coming from a man who proclaims on his very-retro website that he’s been “running deep in a silent corner of the internet since 1998.”

You can grab this track for free from Legowelt’s Soundcloud page.

– Spoolwork

August 21

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“Yama Yama” – Yamasuki

And the theme is…

GET STRANGE.

This week at YDH2S headquarters, we’re reaching deep into the digital crates to pull out some of our more left-field finds- songs that have an oddball edge, a mutated strand of musical DNA or are just kinda weird, but still have enough of a groove that we wouldn’t mind throwing them in a DJ set now and then.

To kick things off, I present to you Le Monde Fabuleux des Yamasuki, the fabulous world of Yamasuki. This 1971 cross-cultural brainstrorm comes courtesy of two French songwriter/producers, Daniel Vangarde and Jean Kluger, who named the project after a dance (you can learn some of the steps from those photos on the cover, feel free to fill in the gaps as you see fit) that apparently became all the rage in les discotheques that summer. They loaded up the record with a French kid’s choir singing in Japanese, fuzzy wah-wah guitars, occasional pseudo-samurai yelps and, most importantly, some incredibly funky beats that elevate the sound out of the pure-novelty heap and into a realm worthy of repeat listens. Oh, and to tie this track back to more typical YDH2S fare- Daniel Vangarde is actually Thomas Bangalter’s father. Yep, he’s a Daft Punk dad.

– Spoolwork

August 14

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Michel Magne – “Pétrole Pop”

French film composer Michel Magne wrote this funk-tinged piece for Moi Y’ En A Vouloir Des Sous, a 1973 film that, as far as I can tell from this clip, involves some sort of factory/discotheque overseen by a pair of purple-satin-jacketed DJs and several gumshoes working out their best Kraftwerk impression (see 0:39). Oh, and the film’s title translates to “I Want a Communication Subsystem” if that helps clear things up. But regardless of mangled plotlines, the pairing of a blaxploitation-worthy backbeat with Arabic-tinged strings and a French woman sighing over pétrole (oil, that is) is pretty damn compelling in my book. Weirdly funky, it’s a head-scratcher and a head-bobber at the same time.

 If this track piques your interest, be sure to check out Shake Sauvage, compilation of French soundtrack work in a similar vein, available here.

– Spoolwork

July 24

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Rita Lee – “Agora E Moda”

Rita Lee started her career in a wedding dress, banging cymbals and belting out Brazilian psych brilliance with Os Mutantes, the weirdest (and arguably best) of the Tropicalia acts of the late 60s. Despite her strengths as a singer, the boys in the band didn’t think she was pulling enough weight as an instrumentalist, so they ousted her from the group in ‘72. It was a harsh blow, leading her to question whether she even wanted to make music anymore, but within a year she was back at it, putting out records under her own name. Her music continued to evolve, changing with the times, as this track from her 1978 album Babilonia shows. “Agora E Moda” (“Now and Fashion” in Portuguese) adopts the low end theories of American funk and R&B, pairing a bass-heavy groove with her own breathy enunciations, and when she commands us at the end of each verse to “dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance, dance,” it’s pretty damn hard to resist.

– Spoolwork

May 29

I never met a dance floor that didn’t love Prince, and London-based producer Mighty Mouse has bestowed a gift to DJs and party-goers worldwide by adding another track to the growing list of A-list edits of His Purple Royalty’s cache of tunes. Granted, “Controversy” was pretty great already, but Mighty Mouse, living up to the legacy of his namesake, takes the small-yet-powerful approach- little tweaks here and there (starting the song off with the original vocal outro, for instance), flexing just enough muscle in the beefed-up backbeat- and takes this gem to the next level, polishing it to a heavenly, glittering fine-cut diamond of a jam.

Grab this track while it’s hot and free on Mighty Mouse’s Soundcloud page.

– Spoolwork