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14 février 2011 1 14 /02 /février /2011 11:00



Origine du Groupe : Italia
Style : Funk
Sortie : 2010

By Dj Uilson from http://djuilson.blogspot.com

70s action film-styled funk from the Italian scene from Signor Wolf - one that certainly lives up the experience promised by the title! The Signor Wolf approach is much more styled after the pulpy funk era soundtracks of the 70s than many of the JBs-born funk revival projects out there today - with tight, freaky guitars, persistently rollicking beats and spunky bass, organ, vibes and some subtle programmed elements.

Tracklist :       
01. Funk Investigation [04:47]
02. Territorial Fight [03:52]
03. Bad Queen Gang [04:28]
04. Downtown Pusher [03:52]
05. Caesar's Palace Funk [04:31]
06. Carter's Dope [04:55]
07. Porno Gun Theme [04:29]
08. Lips & Laps [04:06]
09. Funkonnection [04:36]
10. You Spin Me Round [03:08]
11. Mr Stray Bullet [03:53]
12. Mambo Jail [04:50]
13. Ready To Rumble [04:07]
14. Last Minute [01:01]


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9 février 2011 3 09 /02 /février /2011 11:00




Origine du Groupe : Austria
Style : Electro Funk Soul , Acid Jazz , Nu-Jazz , Nu-Funk , Nu-Soul
Sortie : 2005

Par Adri3n   pour http://www.wegofunk.com

Ce groupe viennois (Autriche) est issu de la prolifique scène acid-jazz du début des années 90. Ils se sont rencontrés grâce aux groupes Planet E et Orchestrer 33 1/3

Cet album oscille entre acid-jazz, électro et trip hop. Les lignes de cuivres ainsi que les textures sonores ne sont pas sans rappeler le rythm'n'blues et la soul des années 60.
Le funky Time to Feel puise son inspiration dans la disco-funk de la fin des années 70 tandis qu' Honalee nous invite plutôt à un voyage en terre africaine.
Le morceau immanquable est sans équivoque Slo-Mo . Terry Callier vient enluminer le titre de sa voix de velours et de son groove impeccable. Un vrai régal!
Parmi les autres invités, on retrouve le chanteur de disco new-yorkaise G. Rizo .

Un disque conseillé aux amateurs de groove et de sonorités nouvelles.

Tracklist :
01. Doors Open
02. Slo-Mo
03. Hunting Dr. No
04. A Good Advice
05. Time To Feel
06. Let Fat In
07. Honalee
08. Undo The Twist
09. Slo-Mo-Dub


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1 février 2011 2 01 /02 /février /2011 15:00




Origine du Groupe : U.K
Style : Funk , Alternative
Sortie : 2011

From http://www.parisdjs.com

Here's the first listen to a new Shawn Lee record, set for release in Feb 2011. Lee says he lives in a World of Funk, and invited friends from around the globe to make his point; Brazilian singer-multi instrumentalist Curumin (Hailing from Sao Paulo, and of Japanese/Spanish Brazilian background,) British/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas, Chhom Nimol - singer with the band Dengue Fever, Bardo of Chicano Batman and Cava, from LA, plus Truth and Soul Recording artist Michael Leonhart, NOMO bandleader Elliot Bergman, and Lee's mother-in-law (aka Nanny Jee)!

Info :
Multicultural and multi-talented composer and performer Shawn Lee lives in what he calls a “World of Funk.” His mother is half Lebanese and a quarter Native American Indian. His wife is Indian, born in London from parents who are from Tanzania, East Africa. Their daughters (Mela & Seela) are half British/Asian and half American with the family roots to American Indian and Lebanese. As an American living in London he has his ears open to sounds from around the world, and all the spin-offs, mash-ups and fusions that pop-up. “Turkish Psych, Thai Funk, African Disco, Cambodian rock, Brazilian soul,” lists Lee. “If you can say it, it exists.”

Lee has as an uncanny ability to pick-up and play any instrument he can lay his hands on (his studio is like a candy-store for curious musicians) and for World of Funk he went global playing sitar, ektar, Balaphone, Tanpura, kalimba, Steel drum, Guitarron, Moroccan castanets, Cithare, vibraphone, Xylophone, Bulbul tarang, Charango, Bouzouki, talking drum, and Udu.

But it wasn’t just geography, family roots, and a well-stocked studio that fueled this album. Lee is a massive fan of worldly-funk. The Turkish psych of Selda and Ersen, early 1970s Bollywood soundtracks by RD Burman and Asha Bhosle, the Brazilian soul and disco of Tim Maia, Ethiopian Jazz great Mulatu Astatke and the Afro funk of Pat Thomas and Marijata were all big influences on World of Funk.

“Like many western musicians, my ears have been seduced by the exotic sounds of the East and beyond.
By the same token, many musicians from around the world have been inspired by the music of America
and England as well. What we've got here is a universal language,” says Lee. “When we bastardize each other’s sounds/ music and get it wrong - we get it so right. It mutates and becomes something
extraordinary. Now that is funky!”

Adding to Lees melting pot of sounds are guests from around the world. Brazilian singer-multi instrumentalist Curumin (Hailing from Sao Paulo, and of Japanese/Spanish Brazilian background) and British/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas completely embody the spirit of World of Funk. While on-tour in Los Angeles this Summer Lee locked down three very special collaborations. The first was with Chhom Nimol the LA based Cambodian singer with the band Dengue Fever. Lee made an instrumental track with Clutchy Hopkins (which includes the sound of a 1960's Smith and Corona typewriter!) for Dengue Fever member Paul Smith who recorded Chhoms haunting vocal. A chance meeting with Bardo of Chicano Batman on Sunset Boulevard led to some garage-y flavored West Coast Latino-funk. And then both Willie McNeal and Money Mark suggested Lee work with Cava.

The album also features Truth and Soul Recording artist Michael Leonhart, NOMO bandleader Elliot Bergman, and Lee’s mother-in-law (aka Nanny Jee)!


Tracklist :
01. Bina
02. Ghost In The Rain feat. Clutchy Hopkins & Chhom Nimol
03. Ethio feat. Michael Leonhart
04. Cairo Cairo feat. Natacha Atlas
05. Nao Vacila feat. Curumin
06. La Eterna Felicidad feat. Bardo Martinez
07. Nanny Jee feat. Nanny G
08. Iceberg feat. Elliot Bergman of NOMO
09. Booya feat. Michael Leonhart
10. The Mighty Atlas feat. Natacha Atlas
11. Mi Ilusion feat. Cava
12. Accelerate
13. Tablacadabra
14. Hairy Krishner


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15 janvier 2011 6 15 /01 /janvier /2011 11:00



Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Soul
Sortie : 1968

by nikos1109  from http://www.funkmysoul.gr

Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s,  Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on the part of his label and management. Fortunately, his genius has been kept alive by record collectors everywhere  for whom this rare gem is a holy grail! The album features tunes that sum up the best of the south in the 60s  all sung by James with his unbelievably heartbreaking voice.

Much more obscure than his first album, ‘A Man Needs a Woman’, for my money, is every bit the equal of its predecessor. Not least, naturally, since it includes “The Dark End of the Street” and “You Got My Mind Messed Up” once more, two all-time legendary waxings that I’ll never tire off. But the LP’s original material isn’t far behind at all. “A Man Needs a Woman”, a sweet, country-soul tune written by O.B. McClinton, is another emotional tour de force that just spells out ‘DEEPER Soul’. “Stronger Than Love” picks up the pace considerably, a fine stomping groove featuring some nice high-pitched backing vocals, whereas the plaintive, minor keyed “More Love” is a thinly disguised ‘payback’ song aimed at Carr’s onetime girl. James is now expressing the virtues of his new lover, who’s got ‘more love in her little finger than [she] got in all of [her] heart.’ Ouch… The sentiment is continued on the more upbeat “You Didn’t Know It But You Had Me”, a fine beater, while Carr gets back in a lowdown pleading bag on the tender, slow “A Woman Is a Man’s Best Friend”, featuring that typical highly trebled Goldwax guitar and weeping horns.

The first side is completed with the frantic, sizzling “I’m a Fool for You”. A well-oiled, crunchy R&B-romp featuring soulful second vocals by Betty Harris - the track surely comes across as a full-fledged duet. The interaction between the two is electrifying, especially on the chorus. The flips opens on a decidedly moodier note, as Carr puts his spin on country singer Howard Harlan’s “Life Turned Her That Way”. Carr’s tormented soul is laid bare on top of an incessant, punishing groove, one smothered in purring Hammond organs and fits of brass, as he laments on the disposition of his woman. James’ rendition of Timmy Willis’ 1963 hit “Gonna Send You Back to Georgia” takes us right back to a run-down juke joint shakin’ it up somewhere down a dusty Mississippi road, and the very country-esque “I Sowed Love and Reaped a Heartache” could’ve stirred up just as much noise ‘at the other side of town’. A great, lazily rocking tune souled up by those fabulous pipes.

With the inclusion of “You Got My Mind Messed Up” and, especially, “The Dark End of the Street”, what you have is a perfect platter of brilliant Southern Soul.

Tracklist :
1. A Man Needs A Woman
2. Stronger Than Love
3. More Love
4. You Didn't Know It But You Had Me
5. A Woman Is a Man's Best Friend
6. I'm A Fool for You
7. A Losing Game
8. A Message To Young Lovers
9. Life Turned Her That Way
10. Gonna Send You Back to Georgia
11. The Dark End of the Street
12. I Sowed Love and Reaped a Heartache
13. Let it Happen
14. You Gotta Have Soul
15. You Hurt So Good
16. You've Got My Mind Messed Up


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9 janvier 2011 7 09 /01 /janvier /2011 11:00




Origine du Groupe : Mexico
Style : Funk , Heavy Funk
Sortie : 2004

Review by Domi Bañuelos from http://cultura.iteso.mx

3MotherFunkers es un proyecto de Funk-Jazz con influencias en el blues, hip-hop, soul, pasando por ritmos latinos y ritmos electrónicos interpretados de forma acústica. Radicado en Guadalajara, el grupo está influenciado por los sonidos modernos de los bares de acid jazz de NYC y Nuevo Orleans, lo cual da como resultado una música llena de cadencias rítmicas y rica en improvisaciones sublimes.

El proyecto es encabezado por Alejandro “Kruppa” Saat Cobián, bajista y compositor principal del grupo. Cuenta con la participación de músicos distinguidos de la escena musical tapatía, incorporando elementos como una sección de metales, guitarra, batería, tornamesas y percusiones, entre otros instrumentos. En poco más de dos años de trayectoriael grupo se ha logrado posicionar en el gusto del público tapatío y la crítica especializada tras romper las barreras entre el jazz y el funk, sirviendo como plataforma de lanzamiento para el nuevo movimiento del funk-jazz en Guadalajara.

“Música para caminar con estilo...”

En junio del 2004, 3MotherFunkers lanzó en Guadalajara su album debut bajo el sello independiente ALLO Producciones. “Música para caminar con estilo…” es el título de esta obra integrada por 10 temas originales compuestos por Alejandro Saat y presentando una estética visual diseñada por el renombrado artista tapatío Ivan Puig. Siguiendo la tradición de los grandes discos del jazz clásico y moderno, el disco fue grabado “in session”, lo que significa que se grabó en vivo en el estudio sin doblajes ni audífonos bajo el mando de Alejandro Lepe Soto en los Estudios A.L.S. La mezcla del disco se llevó a cabo en los estudios Galápago Music por Guillermo Ramírez, productor del disco “Infinito Palmeras” de Galápago,recientemente galardonado por Radio France Internacional como el Mejor Disco Latinoamericano del 2003.

La grabación en sesión logró captar la calidez que se genera cuando un grupo de músicos interactúan en un mismo espacio sonoro. Musicalmente, el disco se distingue de cualquier otra producción hecha en nuestro país, ya que ningún otro grupo mexicano ha ofrecido un disco que explore la musicalidad y el virtuosismo del jazz tradicional combinado con la fuerza rítmica y la accesibilidad del funk. La intención de este disco será la de inducir al baile, creando una atmósfera cargada de cadencia rítmica.

En marzo del 2005 se lanzará el disco de 3MotherFunkers a nivel nacional con promoción en varias ciudades importantes en la República Mexicana.

Tracklist :   
01. Intro
02. Mofofunk
03. Struttin’
04. Street Styler
05. Latina
06. Strip-Hop
07. Chunk
08. Hell, Yeah!
09. Summersong
10. Llevame a Tokio
11. D’jam


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7 janvier 2011 5 07 /01 /janvier /2011 11:00



Origine du Groupe : U.K
Style : Funk , Nu-Soul
Sortie : 2009

Par Stephane   pour http://www.soulbrothers.fr

Gizelle Smith gagne à être connue et son album « raw funk » est en passe de devenir la révélation 2010 grâce à The Mighty Mocambos, groupe réputé d’Hambourg qui eut l’idée de s’associer avec cette belle panthère black de la scène soul made in London.

Depuis leur première collaboration sur la compilation «Mocambo Funk Forty Fives», les choses ont pris de la vitesse pour Gizelle Smith «The Golden Girl of Funk» et The Mighty Mocambos.

Leur premier single «Working Woman» est devenu un incontournable des soirées, un titre favori des clubs et des DJ dans le monde entier de Gilles Peterson à Kenny Dope.

Gizelle Smith & the Mighty Mocambos intensifient leur collaboration avec leur album, où l’on retrouve ce son très vintage, unique et brut. La charismatique Gizelle Smith y ajoute son emprunte vocale pouvant ainsi s’aligner sur les voix des décennies passées. Le résultat est une alternative rafraîchissante et énergique !! Non sans rappeler les divines Lyn Collins et Vicki Anderson, choristes de James Brown , le Godfather of Funk. La relève Funk Diva semble assurée. Un son deep funk puissant et efficace avec un groupe composé de cuivres, guitare, basse, batterie, orgue et percus. C’est une pure énergie, une pêche vocale, du groove et de la sensualité qui s’entremêlent. Kenny Dope, la moitié funk des Masters At Work, a même craqué sur le hit «Working Woman» pour en faire un remix plus « funkylicious » sur Kay-Dee (label qu’il a fondé avec Keb Darge). Craig Charles a aimé, Keb Darge trouve cela très frais, une réelle reconnaissance des professionnels du funk à l’égard de cet album

Gizelle Smith nous livre ici un album deep funk, avec une voix originale et un combo énergique. A découvrir sur scène en vivant!


Tracklist :
01. Working Woman (3:04)
02. The Time Is Right For Love (2:48)
03. Hold Fast (3:28)
04. Coffee High (2:58)
05. Everthing Holds Blame (3:12)
06. Free Vibes (Instrumental) (2:12)
07. Gonna Get You (3:42)
08. Love Alarm (3:50)
09. Snake Charmer (3:04)
10. Magic Time Machine (2:44)
11. Out Of Fashion (3:47)
12. Nothing For Nothing (3:02)


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3 décembre 2010 5 03 /12 /décembre /2010 14:00




Origine du Groupe : Grece
Style : Funk , Alternative Fusion
Sortie : 2009

Biri Biri have made a hell of a good album (which btw, sounds even better live, where they play covers, too). A hell of a good album, I say. This is good fusion as we know it: damn funk, intelligent and very fun, the musicians know the deed, lots of instruments (sax, trumpet, bongo, cowbell, cymball, drums, bass, etc), it's upbeat (mostly in the second part of the album), it's the bomb, i tell ya. Music to move the body and get the chicks to the next drink. These guys must hit on chicks all summer long down at their base, Crete island. "Killing Me Woman" is my favourite track.

by http://stopthatsound.blogspot.com

Tracklist :
1. Breaking Stones (5:16)
2. Chlup (5:11)
3. Tsu Tsunation (5:48)
4. Doze 8 (6:43)
5. Killing Me Woman (3:26)
6. Walslante (6:05)
7. Wake Up (3:54)
8. Jacket (5:44)
9. Matala (5:22)
10. Dirty Boy (4:52)
11. Wrong Way (7:08)

vocals: Mihail-Paul Mihailos
guitar: Manos Kamaratos
bass: Yorgos Diapoulis
drums: Vasilis Papadourakis
trumpet, rudal heater: Simeon Delikaris-Manias
trumpet, woodblocks: Nikos Lavranos
tenor saxophone: Yorgos Tsotsis
bongos, congas, timbales, shaker, cowbell, cymbals : Christos Sayient
sound engineer: Markos Pinakoulakis


guest percussionist:
cajon, pandero, darbouka, small chinese Gong: Yiannis Moutsakis
frame drum: Yiannis Papayianoulis


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26 novembre 2010 5 26 /11 /novembre /2010 11:00


Origine du Groupe : Germany
Style : Funk , Soul , Jazz
Sortie : 2010

We've played the unstoppable uptempo bossa of But Rich Rhythms, extracted from their first album Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz, in our 21st Century Latin Vol.3 mix, way back in january 2009. You might have heard the creative team around Oliver Belz before, thru its earlier incarnation as The Juju Orchestra, who got the T.I.M.E.C.  golden pepper with their vintage latin singles way back in 2006 for those following my writings. The Bahama Soul Club are now back with a sophomore album, Bossa Nova Just Smells Funky, deliciously clashing neo-retro soul, jazz, bossa and afro-latin grooves into a both immediate and timeless record. Dear Oliver, as long as you will keep on delivering such tasty goods, count on me to buy your vinyls!!!

by http://www.parisdjs.com

Review by Craig Charles, June 2010 :
I first heard this outfit when they had just started posting music on their myspace page, since then I have been a massive fan!

But then again, the main man behind The Bahamas, Oliver Belz, has a very fine pedigree having been one of the prime movers behind the wonderful JuJu Orchestra.
His debut album as The Bahama Soul Club, “Rhythm Is What Makes Jazz Jazz” was hardly ever off the show, and was one of my albums of the year in 2008.
But the big question is after making such a mark on his debut, can he deliver on that difficult second album.
All the signs are there as he has retained some of the vocalists from the previous album such as Berlin resident Pat Appleton and Bella Wagner from just over the border in Austria, and to augment that very solid base he has also drafted in the combined talents of two of the finest vocalists in the UK, Xantoné Blacq, and one of my personal favourites John Turrell who was recently voted on my show as lead male vocalist for the UK Fantasy Funk Band.

From the start, this album slips into gear with the superb jazz cut that is “King’s Wig” to the last knockout punch of the dancefloor monster “Nassau Jam” I can tell that Oliver has lost none of that Midas touch. There is something quite unique and mesmerising about the sound of The Bahama Soul Club, it is a gumbo in the best sense of the word, throwing in Bossa, Soul, Afro-Latin, and Jazz all into the pot and coming up with a sound that is both immediate, timeless, and above all has the sun shining through every single tune.
The question I asked earlier was, does he deliver on the difficult second album and the answer has to be a resounding “YES!”

Make a friend of this album as, believe me, it will be friend for life, it is that good!

Tracklist :
01. King's Wig 5:12
02. Afro Shigida (feat Kojato) 6:22
03. Bossa Bop (feat Pat Appleton) 4:29
04. Serious Soul (feat John Turrell) 3:27
05. Experience In Jazz (feat Bella Wagner) 5:57
06. Junkie (feat Sitzka) 4:39
07. Tangossa (feat Pat Appleton) 5:04
08. Bossa Corcovado (feat A Secret) 5:28
09. Open Wide (feat Xantone Blacq) 4:27
10. True (BSC Remix) (feat Bajka) 5:34
11. But Rich Rhythms (Club Des Belugas Remix) 5:03
12. Nassau Jam (Smoove's Funky Jam-Remix) 5:57



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25 novembre 2010 4 25 /11 /novembre /2010 11:00


Origine du Groupe : North America
Style : Soul Funk
Sortie : 1973

I had to stick up for this album since no one else has reviewed it yet. The lack of critical press for this album is puzzling, it is definitely some of the best music I have heard in a while. Egon from Now Again (subsidiary of Stones Throw) has done it again, unearthing a true gem that has Temptations style vocal harmonies set to hard funk and r&b. The music was recorded in 1973, but it contains a timeless quality which would sound fresh and exciting in any era. There is an urgency and energy to the music, from the socially concerned lyrics to the incredible instrumentation. Fans of L.A. Carnival or any other funk and soul groups need to check this out. Highly recommended.

by  Dennis Y. Kim  permalink

Tracklist :
1 Can I Help You? 7:41
2 Love Fades 3:32
3 Mister President 4:19
4 Free Your Mind 5:51
5 We Have Love 4:32
6 Lord Help Me 3:38
7 Three Cheers for My Baby 4:10
8 Trouble Will Remain 2:34
9 We’ve Come a Long Way 1:54
10 Liberty 2:40


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23 novembre 2010 2 23 /11 /novembre /2010 11:00



Origine du Groupe : Germany
Style : Nu-Soul Funk
Sortie : 2005

The Debut Soul CD From This Dutch Formation Featuring Key Player/Vocalist U-Gene, Backed Up by Wiboud Burkens, Also On Keys And Manuel Hugas On Bass And Effects Plus Numerous Other Guest Musicians Like Phonte Of Little Brother, Raffaela, Cyril Directie, Marc Bien, Jasmin Tusjadia, Dedre Twiss, Lo Van Gorp And More. 

by DamianNeverSumm  from http://damianneversummer.blogspot.com

Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Destiny
3. Heavenly
4. The Muse
5. Feel the Heat Rise
6. All Around the World
7. Break it Down
8. Feel the Heat (Reprise)
9. All I Want 2 B
10. When
11. 4Everyday
12. Believe Me
13. Down the Line


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