Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate”

Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate”

If you were in Texas in the 60s, you’d have heard, Mickey & The Soul Generation, this week’s MP3Jackpot winner. Their killer instrumental “Chocolate” is dripping with old soul sound that made the 60’s so much fun. Thanks D.J. Shadow for reintroducing this to the world.

Mickey & The Soul Generation
“Chocolate” (mp3)
from “Iron Leg”
(Quannum Projects)

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Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate” (mp3)

Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate” (play)

Mickey and the Soul Generation is another band in a dejected list of bands who wrote solid songs but never gained any commercial success. But thanks to the benevolent work of DJ Shadow, this San Antonio band’s complete recorded discography and 6 live demos were unearthed and reissued so they can entertain a new generation of funk enthusiasts. Get a taste of what this band is all about with “Chocolate,” an instrumental groove-centered track with their funky horn section holding down the harmony.

Mickey & The Soul Generation
“Chocolate” (mp3)
from “Iron Leg”
(Quannum Projects)

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DJ Shadow’s labor of love

Mickey & The Soul Generation – “Chocolate” (play)

Mickey and the Soul Generation is another band in a dejected list of bands who wrote solid songs but never gained any commercial success. But thanks to the benevolent work of DJ Shadow, this San Antonio band’s complete recorded discography and 6 live demos were unearthed and reissued so they can entertain a new generation of funk enthusiasts. Get a taste of what this band is all about with “Chocolate,” an instrumental groove-centered track with their funky horn section holding down the harmony.

Mickey & The Soul Generation
“Chocolate” (mp3)
from “Iron Leg”
(Quannum Projects)

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Peter Levin’s Moon Palace Revival Sizzles

Aw, look out. Today’s mp3 niblet is from Moon Palace Revival, outta the insanely fertile musical crescent of Brooklyn, NY. Touring and session keyboardist, Peter Levin steps out on his solo debut, with original material in the vein of the soul artists that he grew up emulating & appreciating. An instrumental gem, with a tight combo led by Levin’s badass organ part. I love the dissonant sharp in the main riff, and I love where the group takes it from there. Delicious funky jazz boogie, bebbeh. Bust it.

Moon Palace Revival
“The Ghost of Harlem” (download mp3)
from “Moon Palace Revival – EP”
(reapandsow, Inc.)
The Ghost of Harlem (play)

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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – “I learned the Hard Way” (mp3)

Much talked about and rightfully lauded far and wide early in its release, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings “I Learned The Hard Way” is every bit the record it’s supposed to be. It has everything that has been largely missing lately from mainstream R n’ B, soul and pop music, you know, things like: rhythm, blues, soul, and pop. These are hit songs, played by an air-tight band, sung by the incomparable Sharon Jones. I can’t say enough about it.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – “I Learned the Hard Way” (mp3)

You can buy the CD directly from the label, Daptone Records.

Hot New Jive Turkeys With All The Trimmings

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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Herman’s Rocket – “Space Woman” mp3

Usually cuts like this jam are all housed in the collections of beat diggers who’s obsession with records and weed defines their whole attitude. Now we less fortunate music lovers are blessed with a digital compilation of French producer, Jean-Pierre Massiera titled, “Psychoses Freakoïd (1963-1978).” Massiera is basically the J.Dilla of the European disco/dance music scene. One bar into Herman’s Rocket’s “Space Women,” and you’ll wish you where partying in a French discotheque. I know I do.

Herman’s Rocket
“Space Woman” (download mp3)
from “Jean-Pierre Massiera – Psychoses Freakoïd (1963-1978)”
(Mucho Gusto Records)
Space Woman (play)

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The Jive Turkeys bring it again

The Jive Turkeys – Straight Fire

I spent countless hours in records shops looking through 45s before I realized that DJs like: Cut Chemist, Diamond D, and Coldcut excavated all the forgotten treasures of funks past, leaving nothing for us late comers. But my frustration and time have been redeemed with Oxford Ohio’s, The Jive Turkeys. Another solid release from my new favorite label, Colemine Records.

The Jive Turkeys
“Straight Fire” (mp3)
from “Straight Fire / Thumpin”
(Colemine Records)

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Capri – “Boogie Man” mp3

Soulful, funky, and jazzy – Yorkshire UK’s Capri sounds like he got his musical chops off the set of Superfly. “Boogie Man” is the title track from Capri’s 2004 release, although his bold songwriting and choice of album art makes me wonder if this album was meant to be released when the LP was the only format. In a world of cookie cutter R&B acts Capri is a harmonious nod to the eccentric and crafty R&B acts of the late 60s and 70s.

Capri
“Boogie Man” (download mp3)
from “Boogie Man”
(Caprimusic / GLP)
Boogie Man (play)

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The Poets of Rhythm – “Ham Gallery” mp3

The Poets of Rhythm – “Ham Gallery” mp3

The Poets of Rhythm are from one of the last places you would imagine a funk band surfacing from – Munich, Germany. They were turned onto grimy funk in High School. Soon they coped a record habit that rivals any experience William Burroughs ever wrote about. But instead of leaching and raping society for everything we got, they’ve been releasing some of best hard-hitting-ass-shaking funk of the twenty-first century. “Ham Gallery” is off The Poets’ first release, Dicern/Define (2001). I remember when this album first dropped. All kinds of music fans where praising the release; from the pasty-white indie kids, to the underground hip-hop kids, and even the post-underground ravers where dancing to The Poets’ beats. And how could we not?

The Poets of Rhythm
“Ham Gallery” (mp3)
from “DISCERN / DEFINE”
(Quannum Projects)

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