Friday Funk – Seductive Souls – Is This Love

17 09 2010

Today’s Friday funk comes from the funkiest place on earth, Germany!

As the creative mastermind behind Cool Million, Rob Hardt has been supplying soulheads with a delectable selection of 80s inspired grooves for the past few years. This year’s Back for More was an exceptional collection of impeccable tunes, with the title cut an undoubted classic that’ll be spun for years.

Seductive Souls is his 70s funk, soul and disco inspired project. For Friday Funk, we’ve picked the choice cut, Is This Love. It’s a breezy little reggae-tinged, jazz-funk ditty with a nice vocal from Michael Aark, some squiggly 80s synths and a crack-like addictive groove. We can’t stop playing it chez Cuts.

Bundle on over to iTunes, Amazon, or your favourite soul music retailer and snag a copy of the album, Spirit. It’s pretty good for the soul!

Oh, and here’s your usual Friday Funk bonus for the uninitiated: Back for More by Cool Million featuring the one and only Eugene Wilde. If you love 80s grooves, this is the jam for you!


Friday Funk! – Geno Young – Condition

27 08 2010

We love Geno Young at SoulCuts. Just check our review of his recent album, Ear Hustler, if you don’t believe us! What’s more, we just had to lay down this track for one of the funkiest of SoulCuts Funky Friday’s yet.

Condition is some old school funk for 2010. We just can’t get enough! Hit the floor, funkateers and you’ll be roaring the chorus, ‘Imma buy you a new car!’ loud as heck in no time at all. Like Geno sings, ‘Come on y’all, put your hands together!’

Take a listen to Geno’s FUNK!

You can grab a copy of the super dope Ear Hustler at iTunes, Amazon, good old CDBaby and anywhere else where they deal in good music.


Oh! In case you need to mellow out after getting your funk on, we’ll spin the old neo-soul classic, Honeydew, from Geno’s excellent 2004 album, The Ghetto Symphony. Happy Friday, people!

Friday Funk – Don Blackman – Heart’s Desire

20 08 2010

Following a sterling p-funky performance from rare groove hero Don Blackman at London’s Indig02 last night, today’s Friday Funk just had to be his all-time classic, Heart’s Desire. Undoubtedly one of the greatest tracks on his infamous 1982 GRP album, this tune has a fat chocolate cake bass line, jazzy vibes and a nice old fonky vocal. It’s kind of like a jazzier, tighter, more soulful Parliament cut.

I almost snapped my neck head-nodding to the big man’s brand of funk last night. Nearly 30 years on, Don Blackman has still got the funk and we like it! Turn it up!

Friday Funk! – Prince – Right Back Here in My Arms

13 08 2010

I love Prince. But while the great and good bang on about how he’s lost it since the 80s, I’m tucked away with my bloated 3-CD Emancipation set enjoying some of the best music he ever put down. Right Back Here In My Arms is a hugely underrated 90s synth-funk gem, reminiscent of some of his earliest, most joyful, one-man-band material. It’s a timeless tune that gets a regular airing chez Cuts. Enjoy!

Oh! And for the good of your health, please try and avoid listening to this tune on your computer, mobile device or iPod, as, like Grandpa Purpleness says, “‘All these computers and digital gadgets are no good. They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.” So, please don’t click on the video above and get your funk on. In fact, what the hell are you doing here? Quick, unplug your machine, wind up the gramaphone and slip into some ridiculous clothes. It’s for the good of your health!

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?