Pan Amsterdam ft. GUTS: Carrot Cake

The funk flows free in the latest release from Pan Amsterdam, as he teams up with producer, GUTS, for Carrot Cake. For those unfamiliar, Pan Amsterdam is the alias of Leron Thomas, who blends his acclaimed horn playing with often left-field lyrics, to form songs which I always find strangely alluring; Carrot Cake being no exception. The track is also available to stream now and stay tuned for a new Pan Am album landing in October.

Don Leisure: Just Remember

Just Remember is the latest track to be lifted from the recent Group BraCil compilation, and it shines a light on a new addition to their roster. Don Leisure is no stranger to the scene, thanks to plenty of past successes with Darkhouse Family, as well as with his solo ventures. He has a new album coming soon on GB, but for now enjoy the sounds of this blissed out, funk-soul driven single. The video was made by Bee Graphics. The compilation, happiness, we’re all in this together, is out now.

Oscar Jerome: Sun For Someone

I can’t get enough of this latest single from Oscar Jerome. Sun For Someone is exactly the sort of joyful distraction we need right now, driven by the funkiest of basslines and its hopeful hook, the track provided me with exactly 4 minutes and 13 seconds of escape from the current climate of fear and confusion. Co-produced by Oscar and Beni Giles, the track is strengthened further thanks to the innovative dance related video from Sonder. Sun For Someone is out now.

The Du-Rites: Pigeon Spikes

Another solid funk-fuelled loosie from J-Zone and Pablo Martin, as they continue their exploration of funk’s many avenues under the banner of The Du-Rites. Pigeon Spikes is an amuse bouche to tide us over until the duo’s next physical release in May. You can listen to the track below and there are downloads available via Bandcamp. Continue reading “The Du-Rites: Pigeon Spikes”

Thundercat: Dragonball Durag

Thundercat has a new album en route and to kick off the proceedings, yesterday he blessed us with a thoroughly silly new video for the lead single, Dragonball Durag. The track is an alternative take on the sexually charged funk songs of yesteryear, complete with brazen hygiene claims – “I may be covered in cat hair, but I still smell good” – and a video which sees Thundercat trying to woo a selection of ladies in a not at all creepy fashion. It was made by his good friend, Zack Fox, which explains a lot. Fun all round. The new album, It Is What It Is, is due for release on 3 April on Brainfeeder.

First Word Records: Two Syllables Volume Sixteen (Stream)

A great selection of music here, as First Word Records wheel out their latest end of year compilation. For Two Syllables, DJ Gilla compiled a number of tracks that have been released by First Word artists over the last 12 months, including gems from Don Leisure, Darkhouse Family and 14KT, as well as a brand new song from Manchester soul-rap duo, Children of Zeus. You can stream the selection in full below and free downloads are available via Bandcamp.

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Free Nationals: Free Nationals (Stream)

Beautiful sounds from the Free Nationals, as they release their joyously soulful debut album. As you would expect the self-titled LP features an impressive support cast, including reggae vocalist, Chronixx, The Internet’s, Syd, and the man responsible for first bringing them to my attention, Anderson .Paak. You can stream a few tracks from the album below, including the Syd-assisted, Shibuya. Full downloads are available via Bandcamp.

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The Du-Rites: Soundcheck at 6 (Stream)

I somehow missed this release from The Du-Rites last month, but happily catching up with it now. For Soundcheck at 6, the two main players – J-Zone and Pablo Martin – are joined by another talented duo for a number of live renditions of the funk outfit’s previous jams, with Bruce Martin and Bill Harvey flexing their instrumentation muscle, on keyboards and bass respectively. Some of my favourite Du-Rites joints get the live treatment, including The Man With The Golden Tooth, Bug Juice and Gamma Ray Funk, all of which were recorded at a NY gig last month. If you’re a fan of their earlier releases, or of funk in general, or just a fan of tight live performances, then this is a must cop. You can find digital downloads of all their releases over on Bandcamp and the current album can be heard below.

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