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Kool & The Gang co-founder Ronald "Khalis" Bell, RIP

Ronald "Khalis" Bell, co-founder of legendary funk-soul band Kool & The Gang and co-writer of classic jams "Ladies' Night," "Jungle Boogie" and "Celebration," has died. He was 68. From Rolling Stone: In 1964, Bell and his teenage brother Robert "Kool" Bell, unable to afford drums, would collect old paint cans in their Youngstown, Ohio neighborhood and use them as makeshift percussion instruments. It was a crude way to learn music — the brothers would figure out different tones depending on ho...
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Watch Aretha Franklin bring the gospel funk to The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby"

The queen of soul Aretha Franklin brings the gospel funk to The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby" at the 1970 Jazz à Juan festival in Antibes, France. Well, good morning to you too! And here's a bonus clip from the same gig, "Respect":
Tags: Video, Music, News, Aretha Franklin, Soul, Respect, Gospel, Funk, Franklin, Aretha, Eleanor Rigby, ANTIBES France

Watch this far-out Bootsy Collins cartoon pilot from 1996

"The Name is Bootsy, Baby" is the fantastic 1996 pilot for a cartoon about the interplanetary adventures of Bootsy Collins, otherworldly bass player for Parliament-Funkadelic. Made for MTV but never aired on the channel, the cartoon was executive produced by Abby Terkuhle (Daria, Beavis and Butt-head) and also featured the voice of Mike Judge (Beavis and Butt-head, King of the Hill)! Bonus below, Bootsy's appearance on the animated documentary series "Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the To...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Animation, Cartoons, Funk, Bootsy Collins, Beavis, P-Funk, Bootsy, Bootsy Baby, Parliament Funkadelic Made for MTV, Abby Terkuhle Daria Beavis

Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad Proclaim 'Jazz Is Dead!' Long Live Jazz!

The lone long track on 001, "Apocalíptico", is a nine-minute long jam featuring the current incarnation of Azymuth, a Brazilian jazz-funk trio originally formed in 1971. The fruitful fusion of jazz and Brazilian music is also represented on 001 by a seductive vocal number, "Não Saia Da Praça", which features singer-songwriter and producer Marcos Valle; and "Conexão", a mildly psychedelic collaboration with bossa nova pianist João Donato. Other jazz veterans who appear on the album include sax...
Tags: Music, Soul, Jazz, Music Review, Funk, Adrian Younge, Gary Bartz, Brian Jackson, Doug Carn, Marcos Valle, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, João Donato, Azymuth, Conexão, Jazz is Dead

'Live at Carnegie Hall' Captures Bill Withers at His Grittiest and Most Introspective

Of all the album's tracks, "Grandma's Hands"Grandma's Hands", famously covered by the Staple Singers and sampled in Blackstreet's '90s hit, "No Diggity", best exemplifies what this album is about: warmth, maturity, humor, laid-back and funky grooves, pathos, sensitivity, audience rapport, and an improved arrangement over Withers's studio version. After a hilarious extended introduction. Withers further slows down "Grandma's Hands" and adds understated strings to what has proven one of Withers'...
Tags: Music, Soul, Blues, R&B, Music Review, Funk, Greg Kot, Bill Withers, Withers, Blackstreet, Smooth soul, Carnegie Hall Captures, Harlem Cold Baloney

'Stone Crush' Proves (Again) That Memphis Is Ground Zero for Soul and R&B

The producers, engineers, and musicians included on Stone Crush, however, are a who's who of Memphis music: The Memphis Horns (Andrew Love - tenor, Wayne Jackson - trumpet, James Mitchell - baritone); the legendary Willie Mitchell; Ben Cauley, surviving member of the original Bar-Kays (in fact, a revamped Bar-Kays provide much of the backing throughout this collection); and recorded in studios such as Ardent, Allied, Royal, and others. But the voices are the focus here, and they're the (so to ...
Tags: Music, Pop, Chicago, Soul, Arkansas, R&B, Music Review, Memphis, Funk, Willie Mitchell, James Mitchell, Ben Cauley, Kays, Wayne Jackson, Light in the Attic, Greg Mason

Doing the Damn Thing with the Soul Motivators

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Tags: Music, Soul, R&B, Music Review, Funk, Neo-soul, Do right! music, The soul motivators

Monophonics: Last One Standing

California-based band Monophonics makes music that sounds plucked from another era, with tinges of Curtis Mayfield and Al Green. There’s a timelessness to their releases and their newest single, “Last One Standing,” is no exception. The seven-minute song ebbs and flows: there are groovy, cinematic cuts carried by drums, a bass guitar and horns, and crescendoing choruses built around vocalist Kelly Finnigan’s soulful voice. “I …
Tags: Music, Design, California, Soul, Culture, Listenup, Bands, Funk, Curtis Mayfield, Monophonics, Colemine Records, Psych, Kelly Finnigan

Counterbalance No. 6: Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On'

* * * Ten years ago, we began presenting the beloved Counterbalance series that ran through 2016. Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger debate the merits of some of the most critically-acclaimed albums of all time. We are re-running the entire series with a new entry each week. Enjoy. This article was originally published on 21 October 2010. Keep Reading
Tags: Music, Soul, R&B, Marvin Gaye, Funk, Jason Mendelsohn, Eric Klinger, Psychedelic Soul, Counterbalance

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Spanish-language funk, jazz with Nigerian rhythms, hypnotic nu-disco and more new music this week Jessie Ware: Spotlight Lush, hypnotic, dramatic, and drenched in disco, Jessie Ware’s “Spotlight” is everything one could ask for in a club-ready tune. From her upcoming fourth LP What’s Your Pleasure? (the follow up to 2017’s Glasshouse), the song was co-written with Danny Parker, Shungudzo Kuyimba and Arctic Monkeys producer James …
Tags: Design, Disco, Music Videos, Pop, Hip-hop, House, Jazz, Jessie Ware, Rb, Spanish, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Austra, Afrobeat, Alternative hip-hop

Chicano Batman: Color my life

The first single off the band’s forthcoming studio album, Invisible People (out 1 May), Chicano Batman’s “Color my life” lulls listeners with a hazy groove and toys with Tropicaliá influences, as well as funk and soul. A bassline sets the pace and synths, drums, guitar, and other tones chime in as the song bops along. “Are you a lucid dream? / That’s what it seems / …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Soul, Culture, Rb, Linkaboutit, Funk, New Music, Chicano Batman, Rhythm, Color my life

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Surf-rock, dance-pop, and funk-inflected tunes, as well as a few of our other favorite tracks this week U.S. Girls: 4 American Dollars A playful tune about the perils of living in our money-driven society, “4 American Dollars” by U.S. Girls (aka Meghan Remy) features poignant lyrics about the inner workings of our economy and Remy’s bank balance: “In this world where they say: ‘It’s not personal, it’s business’ …
Tags: Design, Music Videos, Rock, Pop, Indie, Rb, French, Listenup, The Weeknd, Electronic, Funk, New Music, Remy, U.S. Girls, Meghan Remy, Surf Rock

On Top of the World: An Interview With Martha High

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Country-inflected pop, chopped-up Beyonce samples, carnivalesque chaos and more music from this week King Princess: Ohio After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with …
Tags: Music, Design, Beyonce, Disco, Music Videos, Garage Rock, Country, Pop, The Strokes, Ohio, Grimes, Synths, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Julian Casablancas

Tame Impala: Is It True

From Tame Impala’s newest album, The Slow Rush, “Is It True” spotlights the band’s affection for funk-inspired bass lines and percussion. Strutting and sultry, the track’s instrumental sets the scene for frontman Kevin Parker’s love song: “We started talkin’ ’bout devotion / The kind that goes on eternally / And I tell her I’m in love with her / But, how can I know that I’ll …
Tags: Music, Design, Tame Impala, Dance, Culture, Bass, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Kevin Parker, Psych, Psych-Pop, Psychedelic Funk

Kelis: Kaleidoscope 20th Anniversary Edition

20 years ago, Kelis released her game-changing debut record Kaleidoscope—an album that synthesized countless genres and dismissed all rules of R&B and pop music. With cosmic sound effects and Middle Eastern influences (among others), the production was done by The Neptunes, while Kelis bounced from rich, smoky jazzy vocals on one track, to whispering on another, and wailing and screaming on the next. This limited …
Tags: Music, Design, Pop, Records, Vinyl, Jazz, Limited Edition, Rb, Kelis, Funk, Neptunes

Ras: Boogie

Sparse at first but ever-growing, Berlin-based disco trio Ras’ newest single, “Boogie,” is a bop that references Mediterranean club music, poolside pop, disco and funk. Members Dekel Adin, Eden Leshem and Guy Gefen hail from rural Israel, but after recording their self-titled debut album in Berlin, the trio stuck around and worked to contrast the city’s energetic, industrial house music with laidback beats and vintage-sounding …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Berlin, Israel, Pop, Culture, Dance music, Mediterranean, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Ras, Boogie, Rhythmic, Dekel Adin Eden Leshem

Delfeayo Marsalis Makes a Joyful Noise on 'Jazz Party'

"Mboya's Midnight Cocktail" is a tribute to Delfeayo's younger brother. On the spectrum, Marsalis shares, Mboya is non-verbal but likes to get "suited up" and go out on the town. The song told from the viewpoint of a bartender (played by Karen Livers) who has eyes for the song's attractive subject, is a fun and sultry stopgap during all the festivities. It's like we're eavesdropping on her one-way conversation before we head off in another direction, where we encounter "Dr. Hardgroove" - a tri...
Tags: Music, Swing, New Orleans, Jazz, Music Review, Funk, Marsalis, Delfeayo, Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Jazz Party, Mboya, Jazz funk, Uptown jazz orchestra, Jump blues, Troubador jass

Stream: Trapdoor Social, ‘Whispers’

In their music and their activism, L.A.’s Trapdoor Social have always been about more than just love songs and rock anthems. The band, originally formed by Skylar Funk and Merritt Graves while they were studying environmental sciences at Pomona College, take on big issues — not that their horn-infused indie-rock hasn’t had a penchant for making it all sound fun. “Whispers,” out today, is the latest single from the band who last released a full-length in 2016. Since then, they’ve released a slew ...
Tags: Music, Featured, Los Angeles Bands, Latest Music, Funk, Merritt, Moody, KROQ, Skylar Funk, Pomona College, Trapdoor Social, Merritt Graves

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Pop perfection, danceable disco, cinematic soundscapes and so much more music this week Too Free: No Fun “No Fun,” the second single from trio Too Free’s forthcoming debut, Love In High Demand, features an intergalactic instrumental full of synths and encouraging lyrics from vocalist Awad Bilal. “‘No Fun’ is a series of affirmations that I wanted to speak into existence. Reclaiming agency over your mind …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Western, Pop, Yacht, Freestyle, Rb, Scores, Classical, Synths, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Electro, Remixes

D'Angelo's Anti-Producer Project, 'Voodoo'

Editor's note: This article was originally published in January 2000. It did not survive the transition to a new CMS. Fortunately, we've kept our files of our old CMS. We're republishing this article, with minor updates, for our posterity and for your enjoyment. Keep Reading
Tags: Music, Soul, R&B, D'angelo, Funk, Angelo, Neo Soul, Voodo

PREP: Love Breaks Down

A blend of pop, yacht, disco and funk, PREP’s “Love Breaks Down” is an infectious arrangement of synths and computer claps. It’s altogether enjoyable and easy to dance along to, especially when the bass and electric organ kick in toward the end of the track. “It came to life after we decided to write a party track—something that would work well in our live show …
Tags: Music, Design, Disco, Pop, Culture, Yacht, Synths, Listenup, Funk, Prep, Synthpop, Love Breaks Down, Synth Pops

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From a two-sided trip-hop tune to an electro oddity, a few of our favorite tracks from this week U.S. Girls: Overtime Technically a rework of a 2013 release, “Overtime,” as it appears now, is a single from U.S. Girls’ forthcoming seventh album, Heavy Light, out 6 March via 4AD. The soulful experiment by the band (led by multi-disciplinary artist Meg Remy) employs choral vocals as …
Tags: Design, Drama, Music Videos, Pop, Soul, Albums, Hip-hop, Indie, Rb, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Dan Deacon, Meg Remy, Soko, Dvsn

Thundercat, Steve Lacy + Steve Arrington: Black Qualls

By Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner), Steve Lacy (of The Internet) and the legendary Steve Arrington, “Black Qualls,” is smothered in funk. With familiar but contrasting vocals from Bruner and Arrington atop the rich, layered track, this song warrants repeat listens. The lyrics explore the mindset of many young black Americans at the moment, as Bruner explains, “What it feels like to be in this …
Tags: Music, Design, Music Videos, Culture, Funk, New Music, Thundercat, Arrington, Bruner, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, Steve Lacy Steve Arrington, Stephen Lee Bruner Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington Black Qualls

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