Posts tagged ‘Funk’

April 1, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Analog Africa

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

Short and sweet this week! Everything that Analog Africa puts out is pretty incredible and this most recent release, Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1, is no exception. You will be moving and shaking from beginning to end. The vibes are right, the season is right, go get your life right and buy this. 

March 16, 2021

The B-Side: Mickey 9s

Some say that the only way to truly see your own country is through the eyes of a foreigner. Leave it to Glasgow dance punks Mickey 9s to summarize the current state of things in America (and by default the UK’s ever growing Americanization) with pinpoint perfection. We’d be offended if it weren’t so true and if the band didn’t deliver it in an absolutely infectious slab of Gang of Four inspired angular funk punk. But it is and they do, so all we can do is nod our head in agreement to the killer beat.

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February 24, 2021

The Midweekly – Chicano Batman

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

This is cruising, windows down, breeze through your hair music. Headed to a sunny spot with a beautiful person music. Chicano Batman, out of LA, give us a set of tunes on their latest release, Invisible People, that bounce and strut across a dance floor. Funk rock with a touch of that psychedelic. The songwriting stays in the happy zone, for the most part, keeping the lyrics simply about joy and love. But they do take a few serious turns, like the title track and its lamentations on being part of a marginalized people. Or a harrowing story about an uncle who became a refugee after getting on the wrong side of the cartel. The whole record has a slick but scratched vintage texture from producer Leon Michels (Big Crown Records, Sharon Jones, Black Keys). The closing track is about the death of a loved one, which I think puts the whole album into perspective. Find that breeze, that sunny spot, squeeze your beautiful companion tight, and hold on to that lovely moment.

February 20, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox must be working out, because it’s straight swole with good tunes. Today we have new music from Ryan Innes, MYLO BYBEE, Pop Cautious, Jahi Sundance, Stephen G. Clayton, Chris Portka, Mystic Seers, Bird Concerns and Art d’Ecco.

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January 21, 2021

Fasman’s Finds – Idrissa Soumaoro

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

This week’s Fasman Finds is in the form of a challenge. I challenge you to listen to this perfect track by Idrissa Soumaoro and not move your body in some way. This track has a groove that gets deeper and more complex and more fun and unless I play a no-fun sad-sac set, I almost always play this track when I DJ. 

Idrissa Soumaoro is a composer-singer-songwriter-musician from Mali. His credits, degrees, and awards are numerous. Idrissa is now in charge of all music education in Mali, is a national knight, and has spent the majority of his career teaching music to people with vision impairments. LISTEN TO THIS TRACK AND TRY NOT TO MOVE. You get nothing if you win. 

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