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Sly & the Family Stone

“Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” b/w “Everybody is a Star” (1969) is one of the first mainstream funk singles, reaching the top of the U.S. charts in 1970.  Both songs were released on the GREATEST HITS LP (1970). 

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James Brown

One of the most frequently sampled rhythmic breaks is Clyde Stubblefield’s solo in “Funky Drummer” (1970).  Hear it introduced at 4:30 and alone at 5:20.

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James Brown and The Famous Flames

Lately, I have been exploring old funk songs.  Since this blog has mainly focused on new releases that have made it to my iPod, I have not posted anything in several weeks.  Although these songs may already be well known to many, hopefully this blog can help some classics (of funk and other genres) reach new audiences as well.  So this blog will now expand from only new releases to include all songs that I am currently listening to the most.  I will start off with “Out of Sight” b/w “Maybe The Last Time” (1964). 

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Hanni El Khatib

The San Francisco native (now in Los Angeles) released his self-produced third album, MOONLIGHT, on January 20.  The title track also has a video.

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Monoblok & Pslktr

The duo (AKA Yann Aubertot and Benoît Mascot) from northern France released a video for its single “Relapse”, last month. 

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Crushed Beaks

Earlier this month, this blog featured a stream of “Rising Sign” – the lead single off the London band’s debut album, SCATTER (due out February 9).  Now there is a video for a second song off the LP, “Overgrown.”

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Will Butler

Arcade Fire’s percussionist and synth player is poised to release his debut solo album, POLICY (due out Match 10).  He just put out a video for the second single off the LP, “Anna.”

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