Funking Up The Dance Floor

A funky disco mix to spice up the dance floor! The track from Mayer Hawthorne is brand new. He sounds a little bit like Hall & Oates in their heyday (there's a nice quote about Hall & Oates in the movie 'The place beyond the pines'). You can download 'Designer drug' for free on Soundcloud. I selected the funk classic 'Got to give it up' from Marvin Gaye, which is used by Robin Thicke for his latest single 'Blurred lines'. Talking about funk, I quote a few words about it from

"The roots of funk lay in James Brown's post-1965 soul hits, particularly "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (1965) and "Cold Sweat" (1967). Sly & the Family Stone, who started out as a soul band influenced by rock and psychedelia, became a full-fledged (albeit pop-savvy) funk outfit with 1969's Stand!. However, the record that officially ushered in the funk era was James Brown's epochal "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine." The arrangement was spare, the groove hard-hitting, and Brown's lyrics were either stream-of-consciousness slogans or wordless noises. Brown followed it with more records over the course of 1970 that revolutionized R&B, and paved the way for the third artist of funk's holy trinity, George Clinton. Clinton's Parliament and Funkadelic outfits made funk the ultimate party music, not just with their bizarre conceptual humor, but their sheer excess -- huge ensembles of musicians and dancers, all jamming on the same groove as long as they possibly could. Thanks to Sly, Brown, and Clinton, many new and veteran R&B acts adopted funk as a central style during the '70s."

Picture: book cover of 'What it was' from George Pelecanos. Enjoy!


Steve Shelto – Don’t You Give Your Love Away (1983)
Mayer Hawthorne – Designer Drug (2013)
Dazz Band – Let It Whip (1983)
Underground – Behind My Back (1981)
Soldout – Wazabi (2013)
Demis Roussos – Let It Happen (1977)
Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up Pt. 1 (1977)
Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough [Regrooved By The Sly Players] (2009)
L.T.D. – Kickin’ Back (1981)
Bombers – (Everybody) Get Dancin' (1979)
Fantastic Four – B.Y.O.F. (Bring Your Own Funk) (1978)
Inner Life – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1981)
Crazy P – Caught Up [Still Going Vocal] (2009)
Hot Chip – One Life Stand [Eddy's Edit](2010)
Blow-Up – Everybody D.A.N.C.E. [Man Parrish Mix] (2013)
Dan Solo – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (2013)


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