Category Archives: Funk

WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR 2.

WILLIAM ONYEAEBOR 2. Enigmatic. That’s the perfect word to describe synth funk pioneer, William Onyeabor. He is, without doubt, one of the most mysterious and elusive musicians. There’s a good reason for this, Much of William Onyeabor’s life is shrouded in mystery. After releasing eight albums between 1978 and 1985, which will feature in Luaka Bop’s …

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I’M JUST LIKE YOU:SLY STONE’S FLOWER 1969-1970.

I’M JUST LIKE YOU:SLY STONE’S FLOWER 1969-1970. Having just released their fourth album Stand, Sly and The Family Stone took Woodstock by storm. Their early morning set on 17th August 1969, was one of the highlights of Woodstock. This further cemented their huge popularity. After Woodstock, CBS, their record company were desperate for a new …

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ESTHER PHILLIPS-BABY I’M FOR REAL!

ESTHER PHILLIPS-BABY I’M FOR REAL! Despite releasing eighteen albums during a career that lasted thirty-five years, most people haven’t heard Esther Phillips. That’s a great shame, because they’re as yet, unaware of one of the most talented, versatile and underrated singers of her generation. She possessed a totally unique, voice. During her career,  Esther sang blues, country, …

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PRETTY PURDIE-SOUL IS…PRETTY PURDIE.

PRETTY PURDIE-SOUL IS…PRETTY PURDIE. During a career that’s lasted over sixty years, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie has played alongside the great and good of music. This includes Steely Dan, the Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Cat Stevens, Aretha Franklin, King Curtis, Hall and Oates, James Brown, Isaac Hayes and Gil Scott Heron. These artists brought onboard one …

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1970s ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI UNDERGROUND.

1970s ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI UNDERGROUND. As the seventies dawned, Algerian music was changing. For the next ten years, Algerian music, was constantly evolving. This included Rai music. It was a controversial style of music, that originally came to prominence at the start of the twentieth century.  Rai music Rai music was first heard in Oran, an …

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PERU BRAVO-FUNK, SOUL AND PSYCH FROM PERU’S RADICAL DECADE.

PERU BRAVO-FUNK, SOUL AND PSYCH FROM PERU’S RADICAL DECADE. By 1965, it wasn’t just America and Britain that were in the throes of a musical revolution. No. This was musical revolution whose tentacles reached much further afield. Word spread as far afield as Africa, Australasia, Europe and Latin America. That had been the case since …

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ORLANDO JULIUS WITH THE HELIOCENTRICS-JAIYEDE AFRO.

ORLANDO JULIUS WITH THE HELIOCENTRICS-JAIYEDE AFRO. Nowadays, collaborations are commonplace in modern music. So much so, that many music lovers have become complacent. However, the new collaboration between Orlando Julius and The Heliocentrics, Jaiyede Afro, is guaranteed to refresh even the most jaded musical palettes. That’s no surprise. This is a collaboration between one of …

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ROY HAYNES-HIP ENSEMBLE.

ROY HAYNES-HIP ENSEMBLE. In the history of jazz music, Roy Haynes’ name looms large. He is one of the most recorded drummers in jazz history. During a career that spanned sixty years, Roy Haynes worked with the great and good of jazz music. This included Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Wardell Grey, Stan Getz and Sarah …

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BOBBY WOMACK-PIECES.

BOBBY WOMACK-PIECES.  On  June 27th 2014, Bobby Womack, one of the legends of soul music died. Bobby’s career had lasted over fifty years. It began when Bobby was a member of The Valentinos. After that, Bobby embarked upon a solo career. He released his debut album Fly Me To The Moon in 1968. Bobby would then release another …

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THE EXCELSIORS-CONTROL THIS.

THE EXCELSIORS-CONTROL THIS. When The Excelsiors recently released their debut album Control This, on BBE Records, one thing shawn through, Shane “Sureshot” Hunt’s love of Jamaican music. It shines through from the opening bars of Mrs. Magic, right through to the closing bars of Soon I Will Be Done. So much so, that Control This …

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DAN MASTROIANNI-TEARS AND WHISPERS.

DAN MASTROIANNI-TEARS AND WHISPERS. All too often, an album fails to find the audience it deserves first time round. This can be a result of a number of reasons. The albums was released on the wrong label, it wasn’t promoted properly or it was too far ahead of its time. There can be any number …

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DJ SNOWBOY PRESENTS THE GOOD FOOT.

DJ SNOWBOY PRESENTS THE GOOD FOOT. Mark Cotgrove was just fourteen when he made his DJ-ing debut. This was at Deanes School, in Thundersley, Essex. The future DJ Snowboy assisted his metalwork teacher on the wheels of steel. This could’ve, and should’ve, been the start of his DJ-ing career. It wasn’t. By the time Mark …

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WILLIAM ONYEABOR-WHAT?!

WILLIAM ONYEABOR-WHAT?! It was only when David Byrne’s Luaka Bop released World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor in October 2013, that the wider world first heard the music of one the most mysterious and elusive musicians. The title Who is William Onyeabor was one that nobody could answer with any certainly,  There’s a …

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UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 4-COMPILED BY NICK THE RECORD.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE VOLUME 4-COMPILED BY NICK THE RECORD. Over the last few years, ZR Records Under The Influence compilation series has become one of the most eagerly awaited releases. The first volume of Under The Influence first hit the shops back in October 2011. Under The Influence Volume 1 was compiled by Red Gregg. …

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LES AMBASSADEURS-LES AMBASSADEURS DU MOTEL DE BAMAKO.

LES AMBASSADEURS-LES AMBASSADEURS DU MOTEL DE BAMAKO. As the seventies unfolded, the Rail Band de Bamako were kings of Malian music. They had dragged Malian music kicking and screaming into the twentieth century. The Rail Band de Bamako had given traditional Malian music a makeover. However, another group was about to steal their crown, Les …

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JOHN MORALES PRESENTS CLUB MOTOWN.

JOHN MORALES PRESENTS CLUB MOTOWN. DJ and remixer John Morales, spent much of the last seven years working what he describes as his “labor or love,” John Morales Presents Club Motown. It’s a lovingly compiled double album which was recently released by UMC. John Morales Presents Club Motown  features a total of twenty tracks from …

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NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK.

NANA LOVE-DISCO DOCUMENTARY FULL OF FUNK. Disco. Never has a musical genre caused so much controversy. It divided opinion back in the seventies. Even today, disco continues to divide opinion. That’s why disco has been described as Marmite music. People seem to either love or loathe disco. There seems to be no in between. Controversy even …

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MR BIRD-LO-FI CLASSICS.

MR BIRD-LO-FI CLASSICS. Do you remember that old mixtape that you never stopped playing? It was one your most cherished possessions. That mixtape was the soundtrack to your life. This includes the year you spent backpacking round the world, four years at university, your first serious relationship and then the breakup of your first relationship. …

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THE HERBALISER-THERE WERE SEVEN-REMIXES.

THE HERBALISER-THERE WERE SEVEN-REMIXES. Twenty months ago, The Herbaliser released the seventh album of their career, There Were Seven. It was released to widespread critical acclaim and marked a welcome return from The Herbaliser. They’d been away too long. Four years to be exact. That’s a long time in music.  Music is constantly changing. As …

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KASAI ALLSTARS-BEWARE THE FETISH.

KASAI ALLSTARS-BEWARE THE FETISH. Nearly six years ago, in December 2008, the Kasai Allstars released their critically acclaimed  debut album In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish and Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic. On its release, critics were won over by the Kasai Allstars’ music. They hadn’t heard …

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