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Tag Archives: Funk / Soul

Funkadelic – Tales Of Kidd Funkadelic


★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening What’s it sound like? Funkadelic Thoughts Apparently this is a set of b sides from the funkadelic era which makes this a must hear. I think it’s as good as anything from that legendary run of their core records even if it’s lacking a cohesive concept. More Info […]

Uptown Funk Empire – The Empire Strikes Back


★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine What’s it sound like? A modern update on classic funk, afrobeat with a disco vibe. Kinda like jamiroquai. Thoughts A little too polished and not raw enough, sounds good and like the modern touches but think it lacked something. More Info Listen! Spotify Schema Info Uptown Funk Empire – The […]

Tinashe – Joyride


★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? New r&b, poppy, features rappers Thoughts I like Tinashe, she’s got a style that’s kinda chilled out and there’s a certain genuineness to her music. Songs aren’t polished and the album flows kinda like a mixtape. More Info Listen! Youtube Spotify Schema Info Tinashe – Joyride Description: […]

The Motet – Totem


★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? Tight funky jam band Thoughts Good album overall but the second half opens up. The hooks get a little more memorable on jams like so high and danger. The singer is a great, super soulful. Can totally hear krasnows production here, fans of soullive should check this out. […]

Roy Ayers – Virgin Ubiquity (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)


★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine What’s it sound like? Roy Ayers signature funk jazz constructed with pop/r&b vocalists. Thoughts I’m not intimately familiar with his catalog but this veers to the lighter side as an r&b album. I found the singers lacking in personality but roys funk is in full effect. I like the instrumental tracks […]

Kerri Chandler – DJ-Kicks


★★☆☆☆ = Eh, fine What’s it sound like? A mix of songs from the 70s and 80s ranging from soulful jazz to r&b and proto rap. Thoughts It’s an ode to music made in NY that influenced Kerri. From that document standpoint it’s perfect and captures the time well. I personally enjoyed the jazzier tracks […]

Blood Orange – Freetown Sound


★★★★★ = Classic, essential listening What’s it sound like? Modern pop / R&B. Has a soulful well traveled hip vibe to it that incorporates elements of 80s synth funk. Thoughts Why a 5? This album was there for me in the hottest loneliest summer. It inspires hope fear and honesty. I’ll love it til I […]

18 Carat Affair – Vintage Romance


★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? lofi synth found sound with vaporwave aspects Thoughts I like the production texture, certain haziness at play. Not vaporwave but borrows heavily from that aesthetic. Seems like recent of vaporwave producers is incorporating more into beats as this has something bumping the whole way through. More Info […]

4th Coming – Strange Things: 1970 – 1974


★★★★☆ = Quality release and suggested listening What’s it sound like? Funky bluesy r&b Thoughts A soulful thread is at the heart of this great album, weaving together a bit of everything from the era including folk and country (things I don’t usually like but are done well here). There’s not a bad track here, […]

Raury – All We Need


★★★☆☆ = Good! What’s it sound like? A blend of pop, hip hop, acoustic songwriter, alternative, r&b Thoughts Instrumentation and songwriting is really good, he’s clearly plugged in given some of the features on this; points for pulling from the right influences. Engaged by the variety of styles, I enjoyed the first seven or so, […]