Thursday, June 11, 2009
benefitting from technical funkiness
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth - Funky Technician (listen) This 1990 rap record still sounds urgent, all stripped down and panting.
Various Artists - Flying Funk (listen) Rhapsody has this Bluebird label sampler listed as a Schooly D album, a serendipitous error that sends me on a another funk exploration tangent. For instance, try this on
or "Expansions" by Lonnnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes
Lonnie Liston Smith & the Cosmic Echoes - Cosmic Funk (listen) I was at the pool yesterday and one of those spacey Steve Miller Band songs came on, like they do at I think every time I have been in a pool ever, and just now while I was trying to piece together a Miles Davis/Sun Ra thing to say about Lonnie Smith here, I keep thinking Steve Miller Band. You could do worse.
Nina Simone - It is Finished (listen) A tangent within a tangent, this laser-sighted stone jam from Ms. Simone was on the aforementioned Flying Funk compilation.
Roberta Flack - First Take - Roberta had some swagger when she needed it. I love the space in the soul records of that era that let notes or a single drum hit hang in the air.
Macy Gray - On How Life Is (listen) I'm pretty sure we listened to this CD at least once a day from 1999-2000 until it was stolen from our car. Try not to sing along and do a bunch of finger pointing motions while this plays.
Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun (listen)