Music Is A Mission

Various - Contemporary Funk



Tramp Records Contemporary Funk
Various - Contemporary Funk
A Fine Selection Of Some Of Todays Grooviest Funk & Soul Bands From All Over The World
(CD/LP/Digital) Tramp Records TRCD9005, 2009-05-04

Contemporary Funk assembles bands which hearts beat for the original, raw soul sound they want to keep alive in its original form. The Sugarman 3, whose former musicians are now members of the famous Dap- Kings (of Sharon Jones fame) are included just as Will Holland (Quantic Soul Orchestra). Also Finland's No.1 funk band, The Soul Investigators (of Nicole Willis fame) are to be found within some more heavy acts. However, the aim was to focus on new bands on the scene such as DeRobert & the Half-Truths, The Funk Revolution or the Ben Martin Trio, to name a few. Original funk music lives on in the 21rst century - and Contemporary Funk is a great proof for that.

Tramp Records Contemporary Funk
Various - Contemporary Funk
A Fine Selection Of Some Of Todays Grooviest Funk & Soul Bands From All Over The World
(CD/LP/Digital) Tramp Records TRCD9005, 2009-05-04

Tracklisting :
01. DeRobert & the Half-Truths - Fallin' In Debt
02. The Fantastics - Chicken Lickin' (Live)
03. Big Joe Louis & Soul Investigators - Go-Go Train
04. Karachi Prison Band - Put Some Grit In It (Part 1)
05. The Funk Revolution - Izzy Come, Izzy Go
06. The Qualitons - One Man Song
07. Mauri Bailey - Soul Pop
08. The Neapolitans - Hakusha
09. Tynnes Well & The Magic Fountains - Stop The Madness
10. The Unstoppable S. Robinson & Marvelaires - Humpin'
11. Ben Martin Trio - Brasil No.7

Links :
tramprecords.com
myspace.com/tramprecords

Press Release :
The funk on this compilation is contemporary but the message of funk is as old as humanity itself. Funk as Tramp Records sees it is a vibrant and viable music that was born from a transformative period in American history - the sound of the growing pains of a young country. 'Contemporary Funk' gathers inspired bands from today whose hearts still beat for funk's timeless truth, and connects them with this rich legacy of American music.

Today, the rhythm and earnestness of true funk can be found in all corners of the world. And this compilation is evidence that the innocence and purity of the original message remains strong. Affectation and phoniness can't seem to take hold in funk as long as the unenlightened or uninitiated players aren't trying to wah-wah their way through one-dimensional cartoon-like clichés. Afro wigs and 'booty' references only help to reinforce racist stereotypes and obstruct funk from realizing it's true potential as an uplifting music for all the people of the world.

'Contemporary Funk' assembles bands which hearts beat for the original, raw soul sound they want to keep alive in its original form. The Sugarman 3, whose former musicians are now members of the famous Dap- Kings (of Sharon Jones fame) are included just as Will Holland (Quantic Soul Orchestra). Also Finland's No.1 funk band, The Soul Investigators (of Nicole Willis fame) are to be found within some more heavy acts. However, the aim was to focus on new bands on the scene such as DeRobert & the Half-Truths, The Funk Revolution or the Ben Martin Trio, to name a few. Original funk music lives on in the 21rst century - and 'Contemporary Funk' is a great proof for that.

1. DeRobert & the Half-Truths - Fallin' In Debt 1:58 (Murfreesboro, USA)
When you drop the needle onto the record (or push the play button on your CD-player) you immediately hear what you can expect from this compilation, raw, dirty grooves with a soulful edge! Fallin' In Debt is a total winner and just perfect to be placed as the opening track. Originally released on the bands own label on 7" single in december 2008.

2. The Fantastics - Chicken Lickin' (Live) 3:38 (London, UK)
The Fantastics started out as Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours but changed their name after having released a full-length album as well as some 7" singles (one of them being Mo' Dep b/w Paper Cut on the german Soul-Fly Records imprint). Chicken Lickin' has been written by Funk Inc. organist Bobby Watley and remains the only cover-version on this compilation. The Fantastics version has been originally released on a strictly limited 7" single on Raw Wax Records (200 copies).

3. Big Joe Louis & Soul Investigators - Go-Go Train 2:50 (Helsinki, Finnland)
The Soul Investigators hail from Helsinki, Finland and have built up a strong reputation in the Deep-Funk scene. When they started their collaboration with Jimi Tenor and Nicole Willis they finally gained more attention and even received radio airplay. Gogo Train shows their raw side as Blues legend Joe Louis joined them to record this jewel. Originally released on 7" single on Timmion Records in 2007.

4. Karachi Prison Band - Put Some Grit In It Part 1 3:02 (Brighton, UK)
Behind this project is no other than Will Holland from Quantic Soul Orchestra fame. He released this piece of frantic funk on his private, short-lived Magnetic Fields label some years ago. Due to its release on 45 rpm single, it only attracted the attention of crazy collectors and DJs. With the inclusion on this compilation also the regular music buyer will come into the delight to hear it.

5. Funk Revolution - Izzy Come, Izzy Go 4:02 (Seattle, USA)
This is the debut of a new band on the Deep-Funk circuit. Izzy Come, Izzy Go is an original composition written by their band leader, Joel Ricci. The bassline is one of the grooviest I have heard in years. The wall of sound provided by horns fit just perfectly and with its afro-influence it connects the soul of JB with the afrobeat elements of Fela Kuti. It's simply an amazing composition with a slight psychadelic flavor. Watch out as there will be a 7" single release out with a different take on Sunstreet Records soon.

6. The Qualitons - One Man Song 5:00 (Budapest, Hungary)
A special contribution comes from Eastern Europe. The Qualitons live in the Hungarian capital of Budapest and consist of four musicians who play drums, bass, guitar and Hammond B3. They are deeply influenced by their musical ancestors like jazz-greats Csaba Deseo or Istvan Bergendy. Whether it is funk, soul, beat music or even psychedelic grooves, the Qualitons create their very own style to please people on dance floors across the world.

7. Mauri Bailey - Soul Pop 2:40 (New York, USA)
When Philipp Lehmann and Gabriel Roth quit running Desco Records in the late 1990s, both started their own labels. Gabriel set up Daptone (now famous for their leading act, Sharon Jones) and Philipp founded Soul Fire Records. While its excistence he released dozens of 7" single as well as an album by funk legend Lee Fields. Soul Pop has been released on 7" only and features the former Soul Fire rhythm section. What they delivered is a hypnotic funk groove à la the JBs and then-14 year old singer Mauri Bailey took her chance to add a real special flavor to it.

8. The Neapolitans - Hakusha 3:32 (Milwaukee, USA)
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin come The Neapolitans, which released three 7" singles on their own label Neapolitan Records more than 5 years ago. Hakusha has been recorded during the same session but had remained unreleased until this day. The production is raw and funky, the whole band does indeed a great job, especially the flutist and drummer. A wonderful tune within all the uptempo dance floor cuts, one to sit back and relax.

9. Tynnes Well & The Magic Fountains - Stop The Madness 3:56 (Munich, Germany)
Known in some circles as the funk capital of the world, Munich has a vibrant and diverse scene with bands like The Boogoos, The Hi-Fly Orchestra and The Express Brass Band. When it comes to raw funk we are proud to count the Poets of Rhythm and The Malcouns. The Magic Fountains is a new band on the scene and I assure you that Stop The Madness will be followed by some more serious funk from these guys!

10. The Unstoppable S. Robinson & His Marvelaires - Humpin' 5:40 (New York, USA)
This song was supposed to be released on vinyl on New York's Desco Records in the late 1990s, however it remained unreleased except for an inconspicuous appearance on a long deleted "Best of Desco Records" CD-only compilation. This band consisted of musicians from the former Desco stable, including members of the Sugarman 3 which are nowadays part of Sharon Jones' famous Dap-Kings. (which have been played for Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson). Humpin', with its solid drumbeat, bright horn section and bubbling Hammond, reminds me to the best songs from labels like Prestige or Blue Note from the 1970s.

11. Ben Martin Trio - Brasil No.7 4:14 (London, UK)
The final track on ‚Contemporary Funk' is a wonderful soul-jazz tune entitled Brasil No.7. The extraordinary sound aesthetics originated from the place where it has been recorded, in a church! A wonderful composition recorded with minimal technical expense that creates an extremely deep mood due to the plain use of only few microphones.

Distribution: Kudos Records Ltd. (World), Boombox (UK), Boogaloop (Spain, Portugal)
Djouls

Djouls

Stay informed of all things Paris DJs and beyond thanks to our Twitter news

Comments are closed



You might also like

Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams

Shadow - Sweet Sweet Dreams (CD/2LP, Analog Africa, 2016)

The 22nd Analog Africa release is a beauty people couldn't begin to imagine how the feeling would be to actually be playing it - until now. As rare as it's insanely great, this long-awaited reissue is the holy grail of Shadow albums. The one featuring the monster cosmic soca disco track 'Let’s Get...
Papa Chango - The Lost Moon of Bellaris

Papa Chango - The Lost Moon of Bellaris (Limited LP, self-released, 2016) - Exclusive album stream

Mebourne-based Papa Chango put out in 2012 the band a massive cinematic Ethio-funk album, 'The Matador'. After being featured in four episodes of our podcast and one of our afro compilations, they released in 2014 an epic 4-tracks EP , 'Enter The Dragonfly'. They're now back with a new great record,...