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Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky part 3

Here’s part 3 of the Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky series. Again all the tracks have 'funk' or 'funky' in their titles. Most of the tracks are from the heyday of funk (early to late seventies). But funk became popular again in a different shape in the late eighties when hip hop borrowed their beats and attitude, and still is popular, actually. Enjoy!

If you like this one, check out part 1 and part 2 as well. Next week there will be a cloudcast with quite a few new songs.


Gonzales – Funky Frith Street (1974)
Deodato – Funk Yourself (1975)
Southside Movement – Funk Talk (1975)
Kool & the Gang – Funky Stuff (1973)
Bernie Worrell – Insurance Man For The Funk (1978)
Positive Force – We Got The Funk [U.S. Re-Edit] (1979)
Blackwell – Put The Funk Back (1978)
Baker-Harris-Young – We Funk The Best (1979)
Ike & Tina Turner – Funkier Than A Mosquita's Tweeter (1970)
Bull & The Matadors – The Funky Judge (1968)
Timmy Thomas – Funky Me (1973)
Lou Donaldson – Every…

Groovin' On Blue Note

Listening to ‘Mission bell’, the very cool new Amos Lee album (he sounds like a young Bill Withers!) on the legendary Blue Note label, I thought it became time again to make a new Blue Note mixtape. The Jack Costanzo mix was done by me and it contains 'La Cumparsa', 'Harlem nocturne' and 'Peter Gunn Mambo' (the Henry Mancini classic). And doesn't a contemporary artist like Señor Coconut sound very similar to Costanzo with the same funny approach? Enjoy!


Avishai Cohen – Dreaming (2011)
Donald Byrd – Distant Land [Madlib Remix] (2003)
Gene Harris – Sauda (1975)
Eddie Henderson – Kudu [Kyoto Jazz Massive Remix] (2004)
Ferrante & Teicher – Cristo Redentor (1970)
Jack Costanzo – Jack Costanzo Mix (2011)
Bossa Tres – Não Me Diga Adeus (1966)
Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges – Tudo Que Você Podia Ser (1972)
Kenny Burrell – Lonesome Road (1963)
Bobbi Humphrey – Nubian Lady (1972)
Candido – Tony’s Theme (1970)
Ronnie Foster – Some Neck (1973)
Monk Higgins – Walki…

Funk Suprema

The idea behind this mix was to put some very cool funky and soulful tracks together, old and new. Last week I put a Philly mix up and in this mix are two songs from Philadelphia. The first one is from Vincent Montana Jr. under his moniker Sounds of Inner City and recorded in the legendary Sigma Sound Studios. And I think it’s MFSB, the Gamble & Huff house orchestra that is playing on the Skip Mahony track, but I’m not sure. And if they’re not, the musicians can imitate the sound very well! The Pat Les Stache track is an edit, originally done by Adriano Celantano. I recognize his voice, anyway. The guy on the picture is The Temptations' falsetto singer Eddie Kendricks. Many thanks to Nicolas Drosos. Enjoy!


The Manhattans – Take It Or Leave It (Columbia/1976)
Jazmine Sullivan – Excuse Me (J/2010)
Aloe Blacc – Femme Fatale (Stones Throw/2010)
Cee-Lo Green – F**k You (Elektra/2010)
Pat Les Stache – Funk Suprema (Cabana Disco/2011)
Sounds Of Inner City – Mary Hartman, Mary Ha…

Philly Re:moves

Six months ago I did a mix called ‘Philly re:grooves’ which was well listened to on Mixcloud. So it’s time to do something similar. Again a handful of songs from the archives of the legendary Philly sound, created by Kenny Gamble (right) and Leon Huff. It was once referred to as 'soul music in a tuxedo'. A very fine combination of soul, jazz, gospel, funk and early disco. Enjoy! If you like this kind of music, check the 'Spirit of Philadelphia' series on Expansion. Part 3 will be out very soon!


Gamble & Huff Orchestra – Is It Something I Said (1978)
Ultra High Frequency – We´re On The Right Track [A Tom Moulton Mix] (2010)
Philadelphia International All Stars – Let's Clean Up The Ghetto [Mr. K Edit] (2010)
The Trammps – The Night The Lights Went Out (1977)
William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got [New Version] (1980)
MFSB – Love Is The Message [A Tom Moulton Mix] (1973)
Philly Devotions – I Just Can't Say Goodbye (1975)
Double Exposure – E…