Thursday, August 20, 2009

The 'Nard

In light of Thumbs' last post I've decided to link this album. That and my own good fortune for stumbling upon the free download (after a number of google searches).

A little background:

Bernard Wright joined his first group at the tender age of 8, a local jazz ensemble by the name of The Junior Firebolts. Seeing as he was quite a gifted little keyboardist, he was invited to tour with Lenny White at 13, and by age 16 was playing with Tom Browne. A couple of short years later he was signed to GRP and released his debut album 'Nard. The album didn't enjoy too much success commercially, which is a damn shame because it's f*ckin wonderful. Jazzy, funky, really slick. It didn't go entirely unnoticed though, as you will undoubtedly recognize...

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Oooh I know that Sample!

Ahh yes, I'm excited about our next Installment of Instant Funk at AC Lounge! We feel very blessed to do another event and to be able to play the stuff we love/like!

For this post, i'd like to talk about samples. Mainly, funk samples that were used on the more familiar hiphop/r&b songs that we hear on the radio (or your playlist). It is true that most hiphop/r&b songs use jazz samples, but I would like to focus more on the 70's funk. Here's a taste of 70's funk songs that were sampled.

Funkadelic - Nappy Dugout
Sampling Artist - A Tribe Called Quest - Ham and Eggs

*I am digging Funkadelic on this one, ATCQ used alot of funk samples on their albums so this is a prime example.

Parliament - Mothership Connection
Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride

*Dre loves his funk samples, Let Me Ride seems like an updated version of the Parliament track, but I'm sticking with Mothership Connection

Chi-Lites - Are You My Woman
Beyonce ft. Jay - Crazy In Love

*This is a very catchy loop for the Beyonce track, people go nuts when they hear this and think its the live band version of Crazy In Love. Nope, this is the original

Steely Dan - Black Cow
Peter Gunz n Lord Tariq - Deja Vu
Tatyana Ali - "Daydreamin'"

*Steely Dan filed a major lawsuit against Peter Gunz for this one, but then Deja Vu made Steely Dan rich in my mind. Black Cow is on that slow funk groovy tip. I would also rock Daydreamin any day, good job Ashley!

Chaka Khan and Rufus - Do you love what you feel
Camron - Rockin and Rollin

*I posted this just to say that 'J Dupri how could you?!' haha. This track should not even be sampled at all. Just leave it the way it is

Slowed up Funk

The Whispers - You are Number one
Visionaries - Blessings

*Big fan of both Whispers and Blessings by Visionaries. Can't go wrong with both.

The Whispers - And The Beat Goes on
Will Smith - Miami

*Ending this segment with this track. This is on my PQ Nights mix that I did back in 05 (cop it or!) I love me some funk disco steez. I cant get mad when people hear this and they go 'Welcome to Miami'.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Instant Funk Mix Vol. 2

Happy August everyone. Damn it's hot out. I'm seriously breaking a sweat daily. But you know what? I don't blame it on the sunshine. I don't blame it on the moonlight. I don't blame it on the good times. I blame it on the boogie.
And now you can too.


This one is kicked off by Thumbs, and finished up by yours truly. One hour of little funk goodies for our good little funkers.

"A second Instant Funk Mix?" you say, "I know what that means..."

Mark your calendars :)