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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Adrian Gibson

Modern Funk (Freestyle 2007)

Following last years “Let The Groove Move You” and the previous “Stay On The Groove” compilation, Freestyle records are proud to present their latest essential collection of grooves to make you move – “Modern Funk”.

Picking up where the last selection left off, this album is chock full of the finest funk and soul known to man. It has been argued that 2007 is the year that the underground funk movement finally started to make its presence known in the mainstream. Huge selling artists such as Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse spearheaded a movement towards a more organic and authentic sound, selling thousands of records in the process and whisking bands, who have been gigging in small sweaty clubs in the UK for years, off for world tours. The music itself harks back to the golden years of Motown, Watts and Stax, as well as hundreds of unknown smaller label, but given the all important production values of the 21st century, making it perfect for the dancefloor - hence the tag ‘Modern Funk’.

Obviously this is no new fad. The modern funk scene in the UK has slowly been bubbling away for the best part of 10 years, with bands like Speedometer and The Quantic Soul Orchestra (both of whom are featured on this CD) playing an integral part from the offset. With the growth of the scene, newer bands have sprung up along the way, so we have a rich and plentiful supply of fresh music to choose from! Featured on this CD is the cream of the crop – hand picked by Freestyle boss and Jazz Café luminary Adrian Gibson. Heading straight for the jugular from the off, the CD starts with New York’s finest, The Dap Kings with their cover version of Nu Yorican Soul’s “That Nervous Track”. Recently sampled by hip hop favourites Jurassic 5, the infectious bass sets the tone for what’s to come…

Australia’s The Bamboos make an appearance with the hotly tipped Alice Russell on vocals, with band leader Lance Fergusson also making up one third of the line up for Melbourne based Cookin’ On 3 Burners too! Next up, Norwich based Speedometer give their interpretation of The Chi-Lites “Are You My Woman?” – more recently sampled by Beyonce on her “Crazy In Love” smash. Remixer to the stars Mark Ronson steps up next with his inspired cover of Radioheads “Just” – arguably the track to kick off the current wave of funk cover versions. Elsewhere you’ll find the legendary Sharon Jones making her 3rd successive appearance in this series, the even more legendary Spanky Wilson hooking up with The Quantic Soul Orchestra and Ibiza favourite Martin Solveig getting his funk on with the anthemic “I’m A Good Man”. Tracks from funk-supergroup The Sound Stylistics, Israeli combo The Apples, Brighton based The Grits, old school legend Robert Moore and new kid on the block Lack Of Afro also feature, as well as many other suprises just waiting to funk up your life!


1.) The Dap Kings - Nervous Like Me - (4:07)
2.) The Bamboos Feat Alice Russell - Bring It Home - (3:34)
3.) Cookin On 3 Burners Feat Fallon Williams - Cook It - (3:49)
4.) Speedometer Feat Ria Currie - Am I Your Woman? - (3:11)
5.) Mark Ronson - Just - (3:25)
6.) The Snugs - Strugglin - (3:48)
7.) Sharon Jones And The Dap Kings - Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut - (4:06)
8.) Spanky Wilson And The Quantic Soul Orchestra - When You're Through - (4:36)
9.) The Grits - Boom Boom - (2:56)
10.) Martin Solveig Feat Lee Fields - Im' A Good Man - (6:10)
11.) The Sound Stylistics - Shake And Hip Drop - (2:35)
12.) The Apples - Killin' - (4:19)
13.) DJ Aeon 7 - Funky Furious - (3:43)
14.) Funkshone - Purification (Parts 1 & 2) - (7:53)
15.) Robert Moore - Make It Alright - (2:57)
16.) Charles Bradley And The Bullets - Now That I'm Gone - (3:21)
17.) Queen Eve And The Kings - All Hail The Queen - (2:10)
18.) The Sweet Vandals - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - (2:49)
19.) The Fantastics - Give It Up And Turnit A Loose - (3:58)
20.) Lack Of Afro - When The Sun Goes Down - (3:31)


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