Modern Boogie Bangers! Computa Games drops its second vinyl release on New Orleans own Superjock Records. “Computer Rock (OG Mix)” is that feel good Funk with heavy bass, smooth synths and Vocoder vocals to top it off. The flipside, “Computer Rock (West Coast Mix)” gets a G-Funk treatment giving it that boom bap that you can rock to! This is definitely a staple for the crates.
Down in scenic Auckland, New Zealand, tucked in a small basement studio, musician Leonard Charles & his friends paid tribute to Dilla’s landmark release of “Donuts” by re-recording the entire 31-track album on live instruments. Charles gives the tracks a modern funk reinterpretation on live bass, drums, clavinet, Rhodes & synths – sans any sampling of the original source or sourced material. Featuring vocals by Anji Toy, Adi Dick, Ruby Walsh and Georgia Anne Muldrow on the emotional tribute “Airworks (Forever)”.
Body Wash is his second album for Stones Throw Records, a full set of realized songs that were only hinted at on Yawn Zen. Influences here include the likes of early SOLAR records material, Leon Sylvers III, Kashif, and Dave Grusin. These artists, Mndsgn says, “embodied that potent feeling in the early 80s boogie/funk/soul/jazz/fusion wave.” He adds, “I was also digging back into some early 90s R&B sounds and started really imagining what it would be like if I had mashed the two eras together.” He explains Body Wash as “a soul record that plays with nostalgic elements in a very dynamic & positive way. Think about it as a box of crayons for you to draw emotions with.”
Larry Heard AKA Mr Fingers remixes DaM-FunK’s ‘Believer’, his exclusive track contribution to the DJ-Kicks series. Collaborating with Nite Jewel on the B side, ‘Can U Read Me?’ sees it’s first pressing on wax.
XL Middleton + Eddy Funkster’s album is truly an opus long overdue. In sound, it draws heavily from LA’s musical well over the last several generations, bringing forth hard electro funk styles on “Show Some Respect,” bouncy lowrider funk on cuts like “Solicitation,” and giving a progressive nod to 90’s g-funk on the LBC’d out “California Fly,” which features Domino of “Getto Jam”. Furthermore, XL + EF channel the more modern feel of ambient, pad-heavy funk on songs like “On Our Way To Funkmosphere.” In spirit, it’s more of a P-Funkesque party, as the entire MoFunk roster plus extended family join in variously.
Cassette and Vinyl EP also available for pre-order.
Starship members B.Bravo & Teeko have been leading the scene for years with their unique brand of modern and hip hop infused funk. Side A: “Heartbreaker” is an amazing modern funk cover of the Zapp & Roger original. Side B: “Do It 4 U” is a sweet and sultry midtempo stepper exclusive to this 45!
“Psychic” was one of the choice cuts from XL Middleton’s “Tap Water” LP, and its message of unfolding lust (“if you really want it I suggest you let it be known/Cuz I am not a psychic”) made it the perfect candidate for a remix from the original Freak-A-Holic himself, LA electro legend The Egyptian Lover.
CD version already completely sold out! At a satisfying 19 songs, Dam lets grooves breathe; this is a mix to happily get lost within. It’s a document in vibe. Unexpected contemporary joints from low-key producers like Henning and L33 mingle with lost gems from unlikely places. 80’s Fusion-Jazz guitarist Tony Palkovic on “True To Yourself” follow the airy-burn of new-age ensemble Gaussian Curve’s “Broken Clouds” or the super rare bliss-Funk of “Theme From Beach Boy” from 1982. This is an extensive instrumental composition that on its own could only be classified as signature Modern-Funk. There may be a lot of folks dabbling but there really is only one Damon.
CD Import sold out!