Perhaps none of you know of Aja West, Cheeba, or the Mackrosoft. Allow me to bring you up to speed. Aja West and Cheeba are Funk Masters Extraordinaire, band leaders in the extreme, bringing an eclectic blend of Jazz, Funk, Fusion, and even some steel drums to the mix. Aja and Cheeba, real life brothers, maintain a hectic schedule of recording and releasing their well thought blends on to CD.
If you still don’t know who this group is…I give up. Please refer to my post on all things funk from a few days ago, and proceed to slap the hell out of yourself.
“Sounding much like a cross between The Dap-Kings and Breakestra (with whom they share several members), L.A.’s Orgone keeps the hotness of the recent retro-soul revival coming; lead singer Fanny Franklin fits in very nicely between Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse. As befits the band’s name, Orgone’s sound is quite organic, rooted in soul, funk, boogaloo, and jazz, with a classic appeal that’s nevertheless contemporary…the entire album is one non-stop groove. If smooth, soulful funk with jazzy arrangements makes you sweat, you just found your new favorite band.” – XLR8R
“Orgone has provided all the elemental power to drive the funk/soul revival to new levels with The Killion Floor…Orgone will invigorate your groove spirit and get booty out of its little box and out on the dancefloor.” – KEXP, 90.3FM (SEATTLE)
GET TICKETS HERE (and tell me how it was, cause I’m going to the mountain this weekend)
Class is in session kids.
Seriously though, if you are not hip to the funky stuff look no further. Funk and Soul are by far my favorite genres of music (outside of hiphop) and I am about to bless you with some must have albums. You may have noticed that funk, soul and all things daptone are back in the mainstream and I am hoping they’re here to stay longer than the last few musical ‘fads’ that came and went.
I would argue funk is one of very few genres that are all-inclusive. You can bring a friend to any (good) funk or soul performance and no matter what their background or musical tastes, they will be gettin’ on the good foot like the Godfather of Soul before you can say “hit me!” Throw on a crackin’ breakbeat or drop the needle onto a classic .45 and just about everybody with functioning eardrums is gonna nod their head… how many styles of music can truly claim this?
Anyway, get some funk in your life. Here’s a list of some current groups and record labels to watch out for:
Featuring the turntable wizardry of ‘The Elefaders’ and the funky stylings of ‘N/NW’
For those that don’t know…
The Elefaders put on an incredible set. Three djs on three sets of turntables creating live beats, dropping sick breaks and the cleanest of cuts.
N/NW always bring a high energy show and will drop a party rocking set sure to keep the Sunset jumping till the wee hours.
PLUS: DJ 100 Proof bringing the old school flavor on the tables and Big Rob dropping comic gems that fly higher over your head than a 747 at cruising altitude.
I was in Grand Central Bakery near my place yesterday, and when I walked in a bomb dropped on me.
The staff was playing a funk CLASSIC, The Gap Band’s You Dropped a Bomb on Me. I almost had to sit down; I was lightheaded with nostalgia, and my feet were getting “happy”.
Back in ‘82 or so I used to hear this at the Skateland roller rink, and one time I went up to the DJ booth to ask what it was. They told me and I went out and bought the tape with allowance or lawn-mowing money.