Some good ol’ boogie to get the weekend started. Glass Pyramid was a funk band from Oaklahoma City who very much flew under the radar during their short and unprolific career in the early to mid 80’s. Which was a shame because they had considerable talent which this wonderful performance of their song “Country Cowboy” clearly shows.
Nice little funky gem from Grand Ear aka GeeMan.
The art of remixing has never been healthier. Remixes of all kinds are constantly popping up all over the internet, thanks to both established producers and bedroom beat makers. Granted, there is a lot of junk out there and the constant remixing can at times get a little tiring, but for the patient digger there’s lots of good stuff waiting to be discovered. Here’s a few favorites that I’m bumping at the moment. Enjoy!
Gregory Porter – 1960 What? (Opolopo Remix)
Swedish producer, Opolopo, did a great job with his remix of this Gregory Porter song. Porter is a Grammy Award-nominated jazz singer who records for Blue Note Records. The original version of “1960 What” is also pretty dope, but Opolopo, whose previous remix work includes songs by Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Erykah Badu, really kills it with this version.
Grandmaster Flash – “The Message” (Mr Bird Remix)
A while back, Portugese producer, Mr. Bird, put an interesting spin on this aging hip hop classic. I think the mixing on the track could have been a bit better, but it’s still pretty interesting to hear the synth heavy original turned into lighthearted, danceable disco-funk.
Janet Jacksons – If (Kaytranada Edition)
One of the most talented young dudes in the remix game at the moment is undoubtedly Kaytranada from Montreal, Canada. Several of his bootleg remixes have practically become modern classics already. His remix of Janet Jackson’s “If” is one of my favorites. Also worth mentioning, however, are his remixes of songs by Amerie, Jill Scot and TLC.
IAmNobody – Jodeci Freestyle II
R&B from the 90’s seems to be a particular favorite among remixers at the moment. So it makes sense that Jodeci, one of the leading male RnB groups from the period, should also get the treatment. The source of this “freestyle” is “Freek’N You”, one of Jodeci’s biggest singles, released in 1995. Hudson Mohawke also did a version of this track, but in my opinion this one by rising producer IAmNobody is the superior track.
Mr Carmack – Gladys Knight – Grapevine (Mr. Carmack Remix)
Hawaii-based producer, Mr Carmack, is an exciting up and coming artist worth keeping your eyes on. This wicked flip of Gladys Knight’s version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” perfectly illustrates why.
Donny Hathaway -The Ghetto (Dmitri From Paris Remix)
It takes courage to mess with the classics. But experienced House music veteran, Dimitri From Paris, does an admirable job of bringing a bit of house flavor to Donny Hathaway’s 70’s Soul masterpiece “The Ghetto”.
Here’s a funky clip from the vaults to get your weekend started on a good note. I’m trying to make this a weekly thing, so every Friday from now on I’ll be posting a clip from the past or present to get you in a soulful mood for the weekend . First up, it’s the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, showing some dance moves for those of you planning a night out on the town. Enjoy!
In less than a week, L.A.-funkateer, Dam Funk, will be dropping his collaborative EP with Snoop Dogg (aka Snoopzilla) entited “7 Days of Funk”. To keep funk starved listeners happy while awaiting that project he has unearthed an old instrumental which can be downloaded for free from his Soundcloud. Entitled “Fix It”, this bouncy, laid back jam has that trademark electro-funk vibe we’ve come to expect from Dam Funk.
“7 Days of Funk” drops December 10 on Stones Throw Records. Below you can watch a clip of Snoop and Dam Funk discussing the project and the way funk has influenced their lives and music.