Various Artists – Classic Funk Mastercuts Volume 1

MC funk 1The bass line, drumbeats or breaks from a few of these tracks might seem familiar because they form the base of many hip hop tracks.  As much as I like funk its that element that attracted me to this CD as I am a big fan of old school hip hop, but I mean proper old school – 1986 and older.  A good funk track just finds its groove and takes you with it, and when it does you happily succumb.  There is a good mix of loud funk with some smoother mellow tracks. I like collections like this where the tracks aren’t all well know and Mastercuts albums are great for this, particularly the original releases.  If you fancy dipping your toe into any genre and there is an MC collection for it then its worth picking up, and you can usually get them pretty cheap too.

Standout track: Fatback Band- Wicki-Wacky – I love anything with a cowbell sound!

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The New Power Generation – Exodus

mpg exodusIn 1995 Prince was having a big beef with his record company, and one of the results was this NPG album, Exodus featuring “unknown” masked vocalist Tora Tora. While this is an NPG album Prince runs solidly through it, and like most Prince-produced albums you get something that is different to any other Prince release. He was still quite sweary at this point in his career and there are plenty of mofo’s to be heard!  The segues on this album are great and you get a feel for Prince’s sense of humour.   Out of all his side projects this is one of my favourites and is a lot more accessible than the previous Goldnigga. Lots of funky tunes and some spacey references towards the end gives the feel of a Parliament/Funkadelic album, so if this is something you like this is worth a listen even if you’re not a Prince fan.

Standout track: Should be Count The Days, but as soon as Return of the Bump Squad kicks in…