Write It Down – Rebirth Brass Band Does It Again

Funkay bitchen hella hitten jazz up in tha kitchen today, kittens. From the wobbly fretless and (MORE!) cowbell to the Fela-esque tenor sax and monstrously swingin’ brass section, this track cooks up a storm and blows away clouds. I love the gang-vocal vibe, too. From their brand spanking new “Rebirth of New Orleans” album, here is Rebirth Brass Band, doin’ it again. Listen up, recognize, repazent. This is the actual real.

Rebirth Brass Band
“Do It Again” (download mp3)
from “Rebirth of New Orleans”
(Basin Street)
“Do It Again” (play)
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Take A Walk In The Shadows with Joey Stuckey

What the hell is going on here? This is ridiculously awesome, crazy, funky and highly entertaining. Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, singer/songwriter, composer & producer and is blowing my f’in mind right now. This dude and his band are purely amazing. This song is badass. Nuff said.

Joey Stuckey
“Take A Walk In The Shadows” (download mp3)
from “The Shadow Sound”
(Virtuoso Music)
“Take A Walk In The Shadows” (play)
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Paul Jackson “Funk Times Three”

Paul Jackson (not to be confused with the ska/pop organist/singer of the Uptones by the same name) co-wrote the classic hit “Watermelon Man” with Herbie Hancock and was a member of seminal funksters, the Headhunters. A rare classic jam!

Paul Jackson – “Funk Times Three (play/download mp3)

Hori Buzz’ “Turnaround” and What’s In The Water In Wellington?

O. M. G. I love this. Heaping helpings of Stevie Wonder-invoking 70’s clavinet, Prince- and Curtis Mayfield-inspired vocals, and soul-glorious horn lines fuel this medicinal slab of funky rock candy. A Hori Buzz, from Wellington, NZ, my dears. Hmm. I’ve found a lot of cool stuff from New Zealand lately. Could Wellington be a new hot spot for emerging talent? Stay tuned!

A Hori Buzz
“Turnaround (Radio Edit)” (download mp3)
from “Turnaround”
(LOOP)
“Turnaround (Radio Edit)” (play)
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This is Wicked

Recorded and released in 1999, Operator Burstup’s husky beats and brawny basslines took their cue from UK drum n’ bass, and turned the ears of many of dubstep’s most influential producers. “Wicked” starts with now iconic “Funky Worm” sample by the Ohio Players, and the next four minutes is like climbing in the ring with the Heavyweight Champion of basslines.

Operator Burstup – “Wicked (play/download mp3)

Rufus Thomas – “Ugly Like Me”

This song is dying to be the music from an 80’s movie fashion-transformation-montage. “Ugly Like Me” is a funky, horn-stabbed lesson for playin’ it cool when you’re “ugly” like the GR8 Rufus Thomas. But to me, ya know, there isn’t a more beautiful man.

Rufus Thomas
“Ugly Like Me” (download mp3)
from “Ugly Like Me”
(LocoBop)
“Ugly Like Me” (play)

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Beautiful Like Rufus Thomas’ “Ugly Like Me”

This song is dying to be the music from an 80’s movie fashion-transformation-montage. “Ugly Like Me” is a funky, horn-stabbed lesson for playin’ it cool when you’re “ugly” like the GR8 Rufus Thomas. But to me, ya know, there isn’t a more beautiful man.

Rufus Thomas
“Ugly Like Me” (download mp3)
from “Ugly Like Me”
(LocoBop)
Rufus Thomas – “Ugly Like Me” (play)

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The Jive Turkeys – “The Funky Turkey”

I discovered the Jive Turkeys last year and I am delighted to post another dose of their fine funky medicine here today. Pure instrumental 70’s funk worship from a band that can really cook. The Jive Turkeys outta Cincinnati O-Hi-Yo, ladeez and gents, doin’ “The Funky Turkey,” from their hot-off-the-griddle “Bread & Butter” platter. Gobble gobble it up.

The Jive Turkeys
“The Funky Turkey” (download mp3)
from “Bread & Butter”
(Colemine Records)
The Funky Turkey (play)

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Headhunted beats

Mike Clark is best known for his work as drummer for Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band. An innovator of the jazz/funk sound in the 70s, he currently lives in New York and records on Platform Recordings label. “59th Street Station” is a dark and moody track with plenty of funk and deep-groove.

Mike Clark – “59th Street Station (play/download)

Huey Lewis and The News – “Little Sally Walker”

No I didn’t. Yes I did! “Soulsville” is a cover album of classic Stax recordings that inspired the 80’s Marin County hitmakers in their youth. “Little Sally Walker” was originally recorded by the gr8 Rufas Thomas. Here’s Huey & company doing a labor of love.

Huey Lewis and The News
“Little Sally Walker” (download mp3)
from “Soulsville (Amazon Exclusive)”
(Proper Records)
Little Sally Walker (play)

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