Category Archives: Funk

Bootsy Collins Returns With Video For Ladies Nite

Bootsy Collins is back with new music after a six-year hiatus. “Ladies Nite” is a song from his forthcoming World Wide Funk which will be his 14th studio album. The video finds an animated Bootsy doing everything from going to the grocery stores to levitating in his bedroom. MC-Eiht, DJ Quik and BlvckSeeds have guest appearances on the song. World Wide Funk will be released October 27th

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Jachary Shares Debut Album There’s A Virus Going On

Jachary’s debut album, There’s A Virus Going On is out now. The title is an obvious reference to Sly And The Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On. Jachary is a Brooklyn based singer and songwriter and Zack Levine-Caleb is the producer of the two-person group. Jachary, who is originally from Boston, played most of the instruments, produced and provided all the vocals for the eight-song album. Jachary’s appreciation for electronic music, rock and R&B live within a funk foundation.

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Throwback: Foster Sylvers-Misdemeanor

Foster Sylvers is a member of The Sylvers, the vocal from Los Angeles that had success in the ’70s with the hit singles “Boogie Fever,” “Hot Line” and “Fool’s Paradise.” In 1973, Foster’s self-titled solo album came out and “Misdemeanor” written by his brother Leon Sylvers III was one of the biggest songs that summer. The success of “Misdemeanor” gave Foster the opportunity to appear on shows like Soul Train and American Bandstand as a solo artist. In total, he released five albums between 1973 and 1990. He later joined his brother Leon doing studio work for other artists. The Sylvers released their last album in 1984 and Foster’s “Misdemeanor” is known more as the sample used in The D.O.C.’s “It’s Funky Enough.”

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Thundercat Explores One Of His Favorite Cities In Video For Tokyo

Thundercat’s video for “Tokyo” is about his love for the city and the camera follows him around while he enjoys sushi, shops for anime and hangs out with a bunch of cats. His joy for the city comes through the screen and could be used as material to attract tourists to Japan’s busy capital. Thundercat is touring Drunk for the rest of the year.

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Throwback: Edwin Starr-Easin’ In

Edwin Starr’s recording of the soundtrack to 1973’s Hell Up In Harlem was his last for Motown. He had become a star on the label in 1970 because of the Norman Whitfield-produced single “War.” Freddie Perren, who was a member of Motown’s songwriting team The Corporation, wrote “Easin’ In” for Hell Up In Harlem. Fonce Mizell, who was also a member of The Corporation and one-half of the Mizell Brothers, produced the album with longtime friend and colleague Perren. The movie was the sequel to Black Caesar which also starred Fred Williamson and it is another blaxploitation film remembered more for its soundtrack. Starr’s gruff vocals took perfect shape within the funky arrangement accented by the bass and Joe Clayton’s congas. “Easin’ In” had a spellbinding effect but it was not one of the three songs released as a single from the soundtrack. Hip-hop brought “Easin’ In” to its full glory years later as a much-used sample for Digable Planets, Ice-T, DMX and many others. Starr passed in 2003 but after spending the second half of his life in England as an icon of the Northern Soul scene.

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