Friday Funk – Attack Me With Your Love – Cameo

6 08 2010

Today’s treat comes courtesy of one of the finest funk bands of all time, Cameo. As much as I love Cameo’s earlier, more traditionally funky, albums, Larry Blackmon’s outfit truly found their own sound around the mid-80s, releasing four classic albums in a row (She’s Strange, Single Life, Word Up and Machismo) and re-defining funk in line with the synth-dominated grooves of the era.

Attack Me With Your Love is a stunning piece of smoothed out synth-funk, with a bizarre video that plays out like a bunch of clips from an I Love the 80s show. Check the bloke dancing at 1:40. You want to be him, don’t you? Or, be with him. Who wouldn’t?

Oh, and the song has the line, ‘Bushwack me with your love’. Believe me, that’s some deep, deep loving. Go on, do it. Bushwack me, baby!



Friday Funk – Kings Go Forth Twofer!

30 07 2010

Kings Go Forth’s album The Outsiders are Back is one of the most impressive debut albums of 2010, mixing a funky old homemade shed soul vibe with stirring arrangements, unique vocals and strong songs. It’s an album packed with party starters. We’ve been playing it for months chez SoulCuts and it’s so good we had to offer up two cuts for this week’s Friday Funk. The first being the album’s opener, One Day. This is some Curtis-styled hotness, indeed (vocalist Black Wolf even recorded at Curtom back in the day as part of the group, The Essentials)! Check out this live version and try not to move. I dare you!

The second cut is Don’t Take My Shadow, the lead single from the album, out now on Luaka Bop (go HERE to get some!). I’ve included the Tom Moulton mix here. Yep, Tom Moulton. You know it’s quality right. Get that damn groove on.

While other bands reviving that 70s funk sound tend to put too much emphasis on the groove and not enough on crafting great songs, KGF manage to deliver something both sincere and fresh in their 70s-tinged tunes, with a little extra magic sprinkled throughout, lifting their work above that of other artists tagged with the ‘retro’ stain. Get down!

Friday Funk – Hackney Colliery Band – Money

23 07 2010

Today’s Friday Funk selection comes from new Wah Wah 45s brass troop, Hackney Colliery Band.

Money is a tip-top, high-fiving, pant-ripping, brass-band hip-hop funk ditty that’ll wake your dead grandma, get her up dancing on the floor before leaving a fat gloopy stain on the carpet. Funky indeed.

Oh and try not to make like ODB when funking out to this. It’s hard not to. I mean, how can you have an ice cream and not lick it?