What’s not to like about Khruangbin, who have released a series of absolutely classic psych-funk albums which reference old masters while developing a sound all their own. I came across this, their sophomore album, after watching some performances on Youtube, most notably their KEXP performance. A mellow, weird, sensual and hypnotic release.
Very little information on this weird, yet funky, Pinoy band. It seems the Philippines was a hip, funky place during the 1970s! Freaky, but fun.
Living in China, one can see that, despite the façade of wealth, this is a land of missed opportunities, even when it comes to music. Excepting the underground music scene in places like Shanghai, Dalian, Hong Kong, and here in Beijing, to a point, thanks to Fruity Shop and other amazing record stores, pop music here is garbage. It was bad during the 1970s as well. Taiwan, on the other hand, had music that was funky, lively and energetic.
Yu Ying Ying is a fine example of this. She released scores of albums in Taiwan, and this treasure came into my feed last night. How I didn’t discover this cherry before is anyone’s guess, but Yu’s work is definitely worth hunting for.
During the 1970s, Japan was home to an amazing jazz and funk scene which has been poorly documented in the West. Thankfully, some amazing crate-diggers are putting a few lost gems into the forefront of the reissue market. This album is by drummer Akira Ishikawa, and the album blends funk, jazz and his love of African rhythms.
Cult Classic: Funkadelic-Maggot Brain. Rumour has it, that when Funkadelic recorded their career defining album, Maggot Brain, they were on one long acid trip. Members of Funkadelic had dropped some Yellow Sunshine Acid before producer George Clinton pressed the record button and ironically, the result was their finest hour, Maggot Brain. Sadly, never again, would Funkadelic reach the same […]
Derek’s Music Blog reviews Maggot Brain, Funkadelic’s seminal masterpiece.
It’s hard to imagine funk as gorgeous. Funky (naturally), saucy, gritty, sexy, sure. Gorgeous? Well, Brian Bennett makes it so on this track.
As lounge music and easy listening were massive during the 1990’s, library music seems to be the rage for today. So many labels are releasing wonderful compilations that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with what’s coming out, and what belongs on the top shelf. Buried Treasure Records seems to have come out with the year’s best library comp, which also happens to be available on vinyl and CD. Check out these tracks by no-name artists who deserved a better fate than to be forgotten for so long. All the material is brilliant!