Funk

Artist: 
Books
Label: 
XVI Records

This album by Books only has two tracks, "In the Groove" and "Passage of Time." I'm not a huge fan of funk, but i found this album to be pretty catchy. The introduction of "In the Groove" sounds like "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke and the track continues with an upbeat, funky beat with short vocals sprinkled throughout. "Passage of Time" is the slower and more relaxed track of the two, accompanied by classic instrumentals. Both tracks are around 6-7 minutes, but the changes in tempo keep them from getting too boring.

Sounds Like: 
Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2018
Artist: 
Citizen Kay
Label: 
ONETWO

Belly of the Beast by Citizen Kay is really funky. Citizen Kay, a rapper from Australia first caught public attention with his debut EP Demokracy. The music has jazz, blues and rock influences. However, a lot of the music is electronic. He has some cool keyboard riffs on his album. It is actually super refreshing to listen to. Seriously, this guy has talent. Citizen Kay’s raps are smooth, with a hint of 90’s retro sound. The album kind of sounds like Lamar's earlier To Pimp a Butterfly, but a lot less explicit and more rock influenced.

Sounds Like: 
Thundercat and Kendrick Lamar
Sounds Like: 
Briggs
Sounds Like: 
if Childish Gambino and Kanye West did something maybe?
Name: 
Grace Penry
Date Reviewed: 
04/11/2018
Artist: 
High Praise
Label: 
XVI Records

The Funkiest, Grooves to dig yourself into folks, Get in the groove, and the passage of time will be a transcendental experience for YOU, yes YOU! Really There is not much to say except for how groovy these songs are. They Emphasize four on the flour beats with Statements reminescent of SOULTRAIN, climb aboard baby. Really, the music is highly reminescent of that which the House Band for the Show SOUL TRAIN played, with an incredible RPM Twist.

Sounds Like: 
Miles Davis
Sounds Like: 
Soul Train
Name: 
Matthew Owen
Date Reviewed: 
04/04/2018
Artist: 
Al Di Meola
Label: 
Sheer Sound

This album is the latest offering by guitarist Al Di Meola. Al was born in 1954, and he went to Berklee. He is obviuosly a very experienced and proficient musician.

Sounds Like: 
John Williams but not really
Sounds Like: 
idk
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
03/29/2018
Artist: 
Luke James
Label: 
Island Records

This single is really catchy with a funky, jazz, r&b feel. This is my first time listening to Luke James, and his voice is pleasantly smoother and higher than I expected. His voice is accompanied by a steady drum beat and electric guitar in the background. My favorite part is the second verse, where the vocals speeds up a little and you hear Luke James hit some pretty high notes with the accompanying vocals. It's followed by the long and almost dragged out hook that's repeated throughout the song.

Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino
Name: 
Nicole Kim
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Mackister Ludi
Label: 
The Mackrosoft

The Mackrosoft couples absolutely brilliant and innovative synthesis of classic jazz instrumentation blending drums, bass, synthesizers, rhondes, sequences, clavinet, soprano saxiphone, flute, guitar, alto saxaphone, trombone, samplers, turn-tables, and effects processers with myriads of early 80's fusion, funk, intelligent dance music, and jazz stylistic features.

Sounds Like: 
Themselves
Name: 
Matsuura
Date Reviewed: 
02/06/2018
Artist: 
Luke James
Label: 
Island Records

Luke James's single "Drip" is another part of the funk/R&B revival we've been seeing at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018. My immediate thought when I started playing "Drip" was Childish Gambino's "Awaken, My Love!" because of the high-pitched singing, the funky bassline, and the slow beat. The song is chill, without many moments where the song picks up. This makes the song easy to play when you're studying or just hanging out, letting it play in the background.

Sounds Like: 
Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!" is incredibly similar to "Drip"
Sounds Like: 
Funkadelic - Maybe not as funky, more chill than Funkadelic
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
01/30/2018
Artist: 
The Knocks & Captain Cuts
Label: 
Big Beat Records

The Knocks' new single "House Party" is a bumping dance track that perfectly encapsulates the modern young adult social scene. It's not hard to relate to this scene when you're neck-deep in it, as most artists are, but it is difficult to make a nontypical dance track that does. They don't necessarily follow the radio pop formula--The Knocks stay true to their well-developed sound, which is a strong and successful attempt to bring disco back.

Sounds Like: 
Chromeo
Sounds Like: 
RAC
Sounds Like: 
Classixx
Sounds Like: 
Calvin Harris
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
11/26/2017
Artist: 
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Label: 
Self-released

I love this album so much!!! This is not what you'd expect from a band called Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, but this funky jazz will make you smile even on the worst of days. This is not their first album, and the PPPP definitely know what they're doing! "Fun in Funk" definitely puts the fun in funk! All the songs are catchy and good to sing along to, and you'll just want to get up and dance. If you're looking for something new to listen to, check out these guys and you won't regret it!

Sounds Like: 
Uptown Funk but better
Sounds Like: 
Great music
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2017
Artist: 
MAE.SUN
Label: 
Calmit Productions

Let me start out this review by saying; I dont listen to a whole lot of jazz. I am a big fan of some older stuff such as Coltrane and Charles Mingus, but I really don't delve in much other jazz. That being said, this album is freaking dope, and I definitely enjoyed it. The music is an ecclectic combo of saxophone, keyboard, and guitar with some crazy drums. I can't really fully explain the sound of this album, it is weird yet pleasant. Altogether, it is awesome and the album has a funky but chill vibe. 

Sounds Like: 
I haven't heard anything like this
Sounds Like: 
a really pleasant drug trip
Name: 
Nate Smith
Date Reviewed: 
10/22/2017
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