Archive for the ‘Funk’ Category
Check out “Sweet Feet” by Orgone. “Sweet Feet” is a funky track described by the band as “an anthem for wallflowers around the world.”
About the band (from the press release): One of the best of the new generation funk/R&B bands is Orgone, a eight-person group now fronted by scorching-hot vocalist Adryon de León . Beginning as a largely instrumental band nearly a decade ago, Orgone, with the addition of DeLeon, and increased touring up to 150 dates a year, has evolved to become a high-energy band with extraordinary command of a wide range of R & B and funk grooves, laced with jazz, Latin and rock music.
Orgone’s new album Beyond The Sun is due for release in April 2015.
Growns, if you like it soulful and funky, then check out “Rent Party” from Ivy Joe Milan. “Rent Party” is from Milan’s album Been Down Low.
About Been Down Low (from the release): Been Down Low features Ivy Joe’s stellar songwriting, from “America!”, written during the Viet Nam War era, to “Been Down Low”, written in 2013. The songs pull the listener into Mr. Milan’s way of finding the balance between taking care of business, having fun, developing love, pursuing happiness and having genuine concern for family, friends and the world around. The album has musical variety while remaining cohesive, firmly under the umbrella of southern soul, following the Memphis/Muscle Shoals tradition. If you like songs that make you think or if you just want to get up and dance, then Been Down Low is for you!
Not too much to say after that title. There are so many layers happening here musically it’s not even funny. Perhaps one day we will delve into a thorough analysis, but for now I think what’s most important is the listening. This is Grown Folks Music.
Check out “Uptown Funk” from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. There was some discussion at the GFM HQ about this song. It ranged from the opinion that there seems to be a trend of artists creating a “throwback” genre, which hinders artistic originality– to gratitude that some artists are willing to present the the funk and soul to the youngsters–even if they are emulating the greats. In any case we all agreed that “Uptown Funk” is indeed funky enough for us to rock with it.
GFM Spotlight (Video) Interview: Dirty Loops Talk Debut Album, David Foster and “Loopifying” Pop MusicSaturday, November 15th, 2014
Just before the show at The Loft in Atlanta, Grown Folks Music caught up to the Swedish phenoms known collectively as the Dirty Loops for a fun and lighthearted interview. They talked about how they got their start, touring North America officially for the first time, how they “loopify” their music and how they became connected to “The Hitman”, David Foster. Watch the video below and enjoy the interview.
Oh yeah, about that show in Atlanta… First, let it been known that it has been a long time since this author has been excited about a new band. There have been a few new singers but a band? No. That changed in late 2011 when a GFM supporter encouraged us to check out a link to a YouTube video of the Dirty Loops dismantling and reconstructing Britney Spears’ “Circus”. Once I picked my jaw up off the floor, I wore out the replay button and for the next three years I followed the group and waited for the debut album, and more importantly, a live show in or near Atlanta.
Honest moment: there are so many nuances and layers to the Dirty Loops’ music (originals and covers) that there was a little trepidation on my part about how it all was gonna translate live. Shame on me. The Dirty Loops “did good”. Correction: they did great. Correction: they didn’t do just great– they slayed. Trust that the backing tracks they use for elements like the background vocals, strings and horns are integrated very well and they never take over or take away from the work the group puts in on stage. And when the day comes that they are able to have background singers and the other pieces they’ve put into their songs on stage, everybody better take cover because it is going to be a musical massacre. Grown Folks Music is happy to have experienced these masterful young musicians at this stage in their career and in an intimate setting.
Speaking of musicians, the Dirty Loops have garnered the respect of musicians far and wide (now there are videos on YouTube of musicians covering their music and/or playing music “Dirty Loops style”), so it’s no wonder that musicians make up a good part of the audience turning up to the shows. Whether they intend to or not– particularly when the solos break out– Jonah Nilsson (vocals/keyboards), Aron Mellergardh (drums) and Henrik Linder (bass) put on a clinic. Thank you Sweden, for that domestic, Disney World called Ikea and for the insanely talented Dirty Loops.
Follow the Dirty Loops:
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dirtyloopsofficial
On Twitter: @DirtyLoops
fDeluxe, the band formerly known as The Family (remember “Screams of Passion?) drops a new album of funky covers today called AM Static .
From The Press Release:
Minneapolis funk veterans fDeluxe, the band described by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, as “one of his favourite groups of all time”, drop their new album AM Static on October 18, 2014. Funded by the group’s loyal fanbase via a successful PledgeMusic campaign ‘AM Static’ was produced by longtime collaborator Oliver Leiber who also serves as lead guitarist in the band’s acclaimed live show.
“I’m really proud of this record” says co-founder St. Paul Peterson. “I hope that you like listening to these re-imagined covers as much as we liked making them.”
AM Static pays homage to many of the artists that helped mould the band’s sound and includes unique fD’up versions of cuts such as Betty Davis’ If I’m In Luck I Might Just Get Picked Up’, Deep Purple’s ‘Hush, PJ Harvey’s ‘We Float’, Eric Carmen’s ‘All By Myself’ (complimented by some amazing programming/keyboard work from Nine Inch Nails’ Danny Lohner) and The Stones’ ‘Miss You’.
fDeluxe will follow this release with the concert album Live & Tight As A Funk Fiend’s Fix, featuring tracks from The Family and Gaslight albums, and a re-issue of Eric Leeds’ Now & Again (plus bonus track) on October 31, 2014.
AM STATIC TRACKLISTING
1. Fight The Power
2. Baby Love
4. We Float
5. Come Together
6. Maybe Your Baby
7. All By Myself
8. Miss You
9. If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
10. Who Is He (And What Is He To You)
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On this day in 1979, Chic went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Times’, the group’s second US No.1. (Thisdayinmusic.com)