Tagged: funk

Jungle By Night

Heard a version of this track on the Voice of Cassandra show (or Les Voix de Cassandre in its native Paris) and think its sounds absolutely smashing.

‘Desdemona’ by Dutch group Jungle By Night.

That percussion. The groove. Magic.

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Zillionaire

So I”ll be a long way from the first person to post this track, given it’s seemingly been all over BBC Radio already, but this has got quite a groove.

‘Zillionaire’ by Nao, on Absthetic Records, published in May this year. I think some of the rest of the EP sounds a little over-produced, and I’m not as keen on all the tracks, but that’s probably just me being picky.

Don’t You Know

A bit of chilled out funk, this is ‘Don’t You Know’ by Jan Hammer Group.

Heard this 70s group for the first time on a show tonight, but I realise I already knew one of Jan Hammer’s earlier projects, Mahavishnu Orchestra (check out the far more frenetic 1971 album ‘The Inner Mounting Flame‘).

The opening groove on this track sold it for me from the start, but the lyrics and rest of it are pretty smooth too. Reminds me of some of the more laid-back numbers from the likes of more contemporary bands such as General Elektriks (also led by a keys player).

Having a browse, there are a few attempts at edit/remixes of this tune, some at over six minutes, but this is the original and I think does the job just fine.

Vulpeck

Some awesome grooving in ‘Outro’, the opening track to the Vulfpeck album ‘Vollmilch’ (2012). Nice little video too, considering it’s just the guys playing in the studio.

Apparently the band members first met in a German literature class at the University of Michigan…

MIMS Guest Mix: NEIL BOPPERSON (WahWah45’s, UK)

I don’t usually post full mixes on here (follow me on Mixcloud if you want to catch all that) but this is an absolutely brilliant mix of jazz/funk/soul I had to share – a guest mix from the house of Wah Wah 45s no less, for Music Is My Sanctuary – two of may favourite sources of great beats combined!

Take Back the Instant

Not new, but a band I happened to see at a free gig at the Montreax jazz Festival in 2009. This made a longer-lasting impression than the jazz all-stars band I actually paid to see. Lively performance on stage. Good crowd. The keyboard player/lead singer jumped around a lot. Later turned out we’d stayed at the same hotel. Anyways…

This is ‘Take Back the Instant’ from the General Elektriks’ album Good City For Dreamers, on Discograph.