Category Archives: Funk

Thundercat Shares Ross From Friends Remix Of Friend Zone

Thundercat’s “Friend Zone” is remixed by Brainfeeder label mate Ross from Friends into a dance-style endeavor. Thundercat’s vocals go deeper into the machine and a litany of sounds and samples from a woman’s voice to a telephone ringing changes “Friend Zone’s” original chillout vibe into a party atmosphere. The remix is one of the songs to grace the Brainfeeder X compilation out this Friday. 


Toro Y Moi Announces Outer Peace Album Shares Video For Freelance Single

Toro Y Moi is starting 2019 with his next album, Outer Peace. The artist spent a year in Oregon with nature and returned to Oakland, California inspired to create. Today he shares the video for the funky pop lead single “Freelance” directed by longtime collaborator Henry Israelson. Moi released a statement about Outer Peace in a press release: 

“This record is a response to how disposable culture has become and how it affects creativity. While listening, you might pay attention or ignore — either way that’s ok, this is music for a creative mind.

Outer Peace comes out January 18th and Toro Y Moi will tour the United States from November until winter of 2019. 


                                         Toro Y Moi Tour Dates 

11/1 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SOhO Music Club^ (Sold Out)
11/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo^ (Sold Out)
11/3 – Long Beach, CA @ Tropicália Festival
11/5 – Chicago, IL @ East Room* (Sold Out)
11/6 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall+ (Sold Out)
11/7 – Detroit, MI @ El Club+ (Sold Out)
11/9 – Boston, MA @ Royale+
11/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere (Sold Out)
11/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere*
11/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere+ (Sold Out)
11/12 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club+
11/13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer+
11/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel+ 
11/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse+
11/17 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate+ 
1/15 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
1/16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (Sold Out)
1/18 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
1/19 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune
1/23 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall 
1/24 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater 
1/25 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ
1/26 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
2/15-17 – Miami, FL @ iii Points Festival
3/1-3 – Phoenix, AZ @ M3F Festival

Chaka Khan Is The 2019 Tournament Of Roses Grand Marshall

Chaka Khan has been named the Grand Marshall for the 2019 Tournament Of Roses. Khan received the honor on the Tournament House lawn in Pasadena, California Wednesday morning. It is Khan’s first time taking on the duty and she expressed her gratitude and fear entering into something new. The icon will appear in the Rose Parade and the pre-game activities on January 1st. 

The Rose Parade, which started in 1890, is a New Year’s Day tradition meant to salute the blooming of roses in Sacramento at a time when other parts of the country are buried in snow. The flowers are assembled on floats for the parade and the best ones win trophies. The Rose Bowl football game, the coronation of the Rose Bowl Queen and the Equestfest are among the activities taking place.  The parade’s theme this year is The Melody Of Life to acknowledge the importance of music and Chaka Khan said she is already nervous about what to perform that day. For more information about Chaka Kahn at the Rose Parade check out their site


Brandon Coleman Resistance Debut Out Now

Brandon Coleman’s debut album Resistance is a funk voyage that came together after years of shaping his artistic voice. The album is equally inspired by P-Funk and G-Funk with respect to his musical heroes Herbie Hancock, Roger Troutman and Peter Frampton. Resistance has guest appearances from Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Patrice Quinn, Ronald Bruner Jr. and more. 


Throwback: Graham Central Station-The Jam

Graham Central Station’s Ain’t No ‘Bout-A-Doubt was their third album and it went gold and produced their number one soul hit “Your Love.” Funk connoisseurs usually remember this album for “The Jam.” The almost 10-minute session of the band’s searing organ leading into everyone’s individual solos created one of the Graham Central Station’s perennial party records. Larry Graham’s childhood in a musical family and his previous life as a member of Sly & The Family Stone more than prepared him for the leadership of his own band. The slap-bass pioneer formed Graham Central Station in 1973 from the members of the band Azteca led by Neal Schon before he left to start the band Journey. Graham recorded 10 studio albums and three live recordings with them and still had a solo career in the ’80s most remembered for his song “One In A Million.” Larry Graham performed “The Jam” for Prince’s Rave Un2 The Joy 2000 concert and Graham Central Station opened for Prince on his 2011 Welcome 2 America Tour. Graham and his band still tour regularly and some millennials have come to know him because he is Drake’s uncle.