@@@ Five Alarm Funk: Sweat (Self-released, 2017) A self-released funk record I got to via this week’s CFUV weekly playlist email. A little Afrobeat swagger and a little Red Hot Chili Peppers in this first tune. Yowsa, a giant horn explosion in the middle of this first track. This second tune has more of a spy movie theme and I dig it less though the energy is relentless. I’m on the fourth tune and these guys are a large ensemble party band — rock like funk guitar, lots of horns, energetic drumming and whole group chants.
@@@ Murs: Captain California (Strange Music, 2017) I like this first tune with some laid back funk. The arrangements have more than a dollop of George Clinton funk and the rhyming revolves around girls, but more on the boasting tip than the pornographic neighborhood. The third tune GBKW (God Bless Kanye West) is anthemic but I’m not sure it’s about Kanye West. They get more into tha life themes on this fourth tune Colossus. I dig the sounds here.
@@@ Damaged Bug: Bunker Funk (Castle Face, 2017) Off this week’s All Music notable release email. This first tune is sort of a punky funk thing with crushed drum beats and off kilter vocal stylings. The bass players is the star of these first two songs. These guys have an energetic slightly psych indie with bits of white boy funk thing going on and it’s pretty good. Check it out.
YTD recordings listened to: 163
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 89
Not good music: 60
Honorable Mentions: 1
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