Category Archives: Funk

Sky Hi – Voltron’s Dance Party

Sky Hi is a nine-piece funk/soul band out of Nashville, in the United States. They have a nice little 7-inch doing the rounds at the moment featuring the songs ‘Junkyard Dog’ and ‘Voltron’s Dance Party’. I found a live performance on the ever-trustworthy YouTube, that is a little scratchy sound-wise, but you get the gist:

If yuo don’t posess a turntable, you can pick up the electornic version via Sky Hi’s Bandcamp page for the measley sum of seventy-five cents.

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Fonce Mizell Tribute Mix – by Kevin Beadle

OK, so I know this is another Fonce Mizell post, but Kev Beadle has put together a smashing mix of songs that Fonce touched, and it really does justice to his creative genius (and his brother’s). Beautiful soul-jazz-funk from the likes of Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, Taste of Honey, Jackson Five, Rance Allen Group, L.T.D., Edwin Starr, and so on.

I only wish there was a download button. 😉

I’m pumping it through the headphones while stuck back at work – feeling the soaring electric synths and bass arrangements characteristic of the ‘Mizell sound’ – as the rain pounds the office windows. This music is hitting the spot …

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Eddie Russ – Take A Look At Yourself

Eddie Russ dropped a couple of dope jazz fusion albums that take pride of place on my record shelves – 1976’s ‘See The Light’ and 1978’s ‘Take A Look At Yourself’.

The Pennsylvania-based keyboardist worked with jazz greats including Benny Golson, Sarah Vaughn, Stan Getz and Dizzy Gillespie, before launching his solo career in the 1970s.

Here is ‘Take A Look At Yourself’, from the album of the same name:

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Gloria Scott – What Am I Gonna Do

One of my favourite 70s soul cuts from the glorious Gloria Scott. ‘What Am I Gonna Do’ appeared on her only full length album of the same name. The LP was produced by none other than Barry White.

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Banda Black Rio – Expresso Madureira

Banda Black Rio sure knew how to bust out a wonderful groove. The Brasilian funk/samba/soul band was formed in 1976, and over a five album career, became one of Brasil’s greatest exports. However, best to let someone else do the talking – you can find a good bio here.

Expresso Madureira’ was the last song on the B-side of their 1978 album, ‘Gafieira Universal’ – timeless:

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Favorite Flava – VII (Sasac Remix) (Free Download)

Swedish producer Sasac has caught the attention of some tune spotters with his future funk sound. I like the beatless intro that forms part of his remix of Favorite Flava’s ‘VII’. Nice 80s r’n’b sounds. Better still, it’s a free download!

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David Bendeth – Feel The Real

UK-born David Bendeth didn’t put out too much work over the span of his career, but we can thank him for the 1979 release ‘Feel The Real’. It sits nicely amongst other disco groove gems from the era, avoiding the kitsch or tackiness factor that plagued some other productions.

It has a bassline that reminds me a lot of a 1990s Masters At Work production.
“Feel The Real” made it to #1 on the UK soul/dance charts in 1979.

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