Following the funky line of “Busy Earnin’” by Jungle. from the “Best February Tracks”, in some new Electro/Pop/R&B songs, I’ve heard funksome techniques, like slap-bass, the infectious trademark of many 1970s funk hits, cowbells or handclaps, installing an irresistible groove, even if the bands are not strictly branded as Soul/Jazz/Disco, like British band Smoove and Turrell who just released and EP.
Below is a totally danceable playlist of 10 new funky tracks or here directly from pleer: no funky reworks, only original songs! Funky is definitely the mood this year.
1- American actor, Penn Badgley, took guitar and vocal lessons for the role of Jeff Buckley in the 2012 film “Greetings from Tim Buckley”. So now he is starting a band, Mother. There are only 2 singles on his Soundcloud. The first one “Easy” had a funky pop electronica taste.
2- For the second single of his 3rd album “What Is This Heart?” out in June, Chicago musician, Tom Krell, aka How To Dress Well, is going beyond his minimal Electro/R&B flow by adding a funky guitar over “Repeat Pleasure”.
3-All We Are is definitely a good band name to pin down a trio based in Liverpool and originating from Ireland, Norway and Brazil. After a 1st single “Utmost Good” out last year, here is poppy /funky “Feel Safe”.
4-Spanish Gold is the super group featuring Patrick Hallahan, drummer of My Morning Jacket, ex-Grupo Fantasma guitarist, Adrian Quesada and guitarist/vocalist Dante Schwebel of Hacienda. “Out On The Street” is the 1st single of their debut album “South of Nowhere” out in May. Funky because when the first lyric line comes " The sun is falling…", it sounds like the chorus on "Somebody's Watching Me" from Rockwell.By the way, the product “Spanish Gold Fly”, contains natural ingredients said to boost women's sexual desire. No need for the trio to add Fly to their name.
5- Songwriter and performer from Sydney/ Australia, PJ Wolf, has also an electro pop venture: Thief.Taken from his “Closer EP” last year, the track “ Closer” has been released now as a single with remixes.Nothing better than the original blue eyed electro funk track.
6- “Come Alive, Feat Toro y Moi” is an electro boogie killer from Chromeo. It was the 1st single of their upcoming 4th album “White Women” out in May.
7- “GIRL”, the 2nd solo album from Pharrell Williams, is putting him again on the front line after several featuring and productions. Among the 10 tracks, because of the chorus, “My love is kung fu-uuh” and the heavy breathing, “Hunter” is the sexiest track.
8- The now trio Irish band, Ships, already released a couple of pop/dance singles since 2012 and really got into the groove with the new track “ Space Inside”, A-side of the eponym single out in March on bandcamp.
9- Since 2000, the four piece band from Leeds/UK, The New Mastersounds , is part of the New Funk scene. “Therapy” is their 9th album out in March with 12 tracks of pure jazz, funk & soul: especially track “Slow Down” with the saxo solo by guest Ryan Zoidis.