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.
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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)
Happy Birthday to the Funkmaster George Clinton!
Liv Warfield is looking like a superhero (we mean that as a compliment) and letting us have it with the powerful vocals. And if that wasn’t enough, the horns help take us over the edge. Click on it.
“Why Do You Lie?” is from Liv Warfield’s current album, The Unexpected.
GFM’s close and active partnership with the hit making song writer, music producer and discoverer of amazing talent Kashif Saleem has afforded me the opportunity to express my gratitude through blogging about my personal experience in rediscovering one of my first favorite Jazz artists: Kenny G. This month GFM has been on a roll promoting yet another Kashif labor of love entitled , “The History Of R&B.”
The in-depth ten part documentary series, “The History Of R&B” is currently being filmed while allowing us here at GFM HQ both the daunting and equally thrilling opportunity to actively be apart of such an amazing project. Now with all that being said fellow music lovers, I have to level with you here. I am a bona fide “Gen X’er” albeit on the later end of the spectrum. So what does this mean? Well…I’m no spring chicken but I’ve yet to reach the grown and sexy other side of forty and as a result of this fact I tend to approach music from a different perspective. My first memorable musical experiences are that of a child growing up in the soundscapes of both the 1980’s and 1990’s. Fortunately these decades offered an even deeper progression into genre crossing and risk taking for many popular R&B artists. I was also happy to have a mother with an insatiable appetite for music; in fact she still does to this day. I can remember sneaking into my mother’s vinyl and playing as much of her music that time would allow while she was busy with work and such. On the weekends we danced and sang out hearts to her massive record collection – a few hits were the direct bi-products of the artistic powerhouse Kashif.
So while prepping for my small part in this tremendous project, I rediscovered an old favorite Kenny G album: G-Force. Kenny G is one of those artists who really turned me onto offerings of Jazz, Funk, and Electro music. Kashif was the executive producer of Kenny G’s second album G-Force which consequently went platinum. I was in Kindergarten when the G-Force album was initially released in 1983 so this time around, while having more than a few unsupervised re-listening sessions, these gems struck me once again…. Have a fun listen with me down memory lane.
Here’s Kenny G’s album titled track G-Force with a funky intro that leads to the real swagger of early 1980’s Electro Jazz and Funk music.
Tribeca serves up classic vibes and smooth grooves complimented with a slick chorus. Meanwhile Kenny G gives us enough instrumental freedom to allow us a solid listen while leading us to take a mental hiatus where-ever we’d like!
You can see current projects and touring information for Kenny G at his official webpage. Kennyg.com
Be sure to drop by Kashif’s “The History of R&B” Facebook Page for the latest and greatest happenings on the project.
I’ve had the pleasure of following funk-jazz flutist, Jef Kearns with singles like “On the Level” and “Play On”. I’ve found his sound to resonant a lighthearted soul that can get you through a rough day or soothe the mind with the perfectly complimented Riesling. In Kearns latest single, Saturday’s End, from his sophomore album, Soulfisticated, you’re sure to find that similar branded feel that will carry you into your weekend. While I’ve been known to appreciate Kearns’ video direction and creative animation, this video didn’t particularly catch my attention as his other creations but despite the visual content, Saturday’s End definitely holds its own in catching your ear. To get more from Jef, check out his official website at http://www.jefkearns.com