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VA // Tropical Funk Experience

Ah yes. It’s time to venture back to the tropics, this time instead of Afro & Latin influenced jams from the french Caribbean we will hear funk and soul grooves from places like Barbados, Guyana, and Jamaica. This comp gathers songs from 1968 to 1975 and shows the influence the James Brown had around the world. This is raw funk in it’s finest form. This has been getting me thru these over cast days lately. I love it!

Here’s what Fly had to say:

After the funk explosion of the mid 60’s, the groove soon took root in the Caribbean, mixing with the regions own diverse musical history. “Tropical Funk Experience” is a collection of tracks from the so called “golden era” of tropical funk of the late 60s and early 70s. It compiles rare, previously unheard recordings and classic tracks from across the Caribbean.

Compiled by tropical authority, Hugo Mendez, the informed selection spans ten countries and the variation of styles and influences sets the compilation apart. Alongside some classic funk groove tracks, such as The Blue Rhythm Combo’s Black Water Gold version and a rare funk track by Jamaican Ska legends The Skatalites, it is the cross-genre explorations which really stand out.

Andre Taker’s outstanding Back Home and The Gay Flamingoes epic, eight minute, steel-pan version of Afrobeat classic Black Man’s Cry represent the Trinidadian scene whilst the island of Barbados features heavily with groups mixing funk with their Bajan heritage, such as the spouge-funk on Lunar 7’s Spouge Explosion and Richard Stoute and The Organisation’s cover of Vehicle. “Calypso King” Mighty Sparrow turns out a very funky calypso alongside St Vincent Latinaires own Vincentian calypso-funk and the deep, psychedelic, jazz-funk of Bermudan band The Invaders is a rare treat.

Mendez’ short but informative sleeve notes give background to the groups and tracks inspiring you to go a little further and look up the artists featured and the movements they created or belonged to. The product of musical discovering and deep crate digging, this great 20 track compilation is, as with the previous “funk experience” releases, a welcome insight into the overlooked influence funk music had across the world.



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Funk Spectrum: real funk for real people

I meant to put his up last night but because my body wasn’t used to the amount of beer that was consumed, I ended up just passing out. So to pay homage to the Gurp City homies, who got down to a bunch of Soul and Funk music last night, I will share a great comp I found a while back called Funk Spectrum. I probably played each of these tracks twice on Fool’s Paradise. I was surprised to find out that Josh Davis is DJ Shadow. Weird.

Here’s pretty much the only review I found for this album:
A virtual primer in old-school funk that assembles 20 tracks likely familiar to only the most diligent of rare groove collectors. According to Davis’ liner notes, the omission of artist credits from the sleeve is in homage to the code of B-boy secrecy, although it makes the disc damn hard to critique; that said, the opening “Party Time” conjures the spirit of James Brown to uncanny perfection, “Let’s Do It Today” could be a lost Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Band track, and “Clap Your Hands” imagines an alternate reality where the Jackson 5 comprised sisters, not brothers. Darge’s ten selections are excellent as well, most of them slavish in their devotion to the genius of James Brown — some are actual covers (Lou Pride’s up-tempo reading of the perennial “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”) and some are just mirror images (Ricky Caloway’s “Tell Me,” with its “Good God!” interjections), but all boast the funk in spades. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

1. Part Time – Masters
2. Lets Do It Today (Procrastination) – The US
3. Do It Again – Deep Heat
4. Dead Don’t Die Alive, The (Part One) – 4th Coming
5. Getting Down For Xmas – Milly & Silly
6. Road, The – Communicators & The Beb
7. Mr Chicken Shit – The Soul Seven
8. Clap Your Hands – Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets
9. Butter That Popcorn – RDM Band
10. Whats Going On? – Mr Clean & The Soul Inc.
11. Can’t Stop Now – Mr Magic
12. It’s a Man’s World – Lou Pride
13. Every Man For Himself – Road Runners
14. Tell Me – Ricky Caloway
15. It Ain’t Fun But It’s Fun – Fabulous Originals
16. Backtalk – The 2nd Ammendement Band
17. Mr Machine – The Chefs
18. Who’s the King – Joseph Henry
19. We Oughta Get Together – Professor Leit & Strudy
20. World, The – Sandi & Matues


If you like this album, check out this movie….

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