Articles tagged “funk and soul”

10 Essential Betty Wright Songs To Get You Through The Night

When Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman” hit the top 40 in 1971, even kids listening on transistor radios knew that she wasn’t talking about a janitor. Something was up and Wright was mad as hell. It wasn’t until years later that we’d learn about the evil ways of love. Wright, who died May 10 at […]

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Remembering Tony Allen: 10 Drum Performances You Need To Hear

Don’t think of Afrobeat as music in a vacuum, the product of one far-flung culture, a vague synonym with “world music.” Take it from Tony Allen, who helped define the style with his electrifying drumming. “Afrobeat has many different grooves. Afrobeat is not actually one particular beat,” he explained to The Quietus in 2012. “I […]

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The Fresh Funk And Psychedelic Swirl Of Prince’s Around The World In A Day Turns 35

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By the mid-1980s, Prince had entered the stratosphere few could penetrate. The success the previous year of his star making film Purple Rain proved that the one-named wonder could be compelling on an international scale across both screen and recorded mediums. The accompanying soundtrack album had produced a myriad of global hits, showcased Prince’s virtuosity […]

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A Guide To The Best Prince Live Performances

Article by Mike Duquette There are so many difficult things to cope with in the four years since Prince passed away, but none may be as difficult as knowing that no one will get to enjoy him in concert again. The music legend made a lot of magic in his career, but there was nothing […]

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Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” Wasn’t An Album; It Was A Statement for R&B and South Central L.A.

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R&B in the ‘90s was an explicit departure from the soul music of old. In the ‘80s, Marvin Gaye yearned for sexual healing over soft bongos and congas that felt as harmless as it was seductive. In the ‘90s, hypersexuality was the status quo, and sexual healing became just bumping and grinding over thanks to […]

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Remembering Bill Withers: Eight Wildly Different Covers You Need To Hear

Bill Withers left behind a handful of mellow-soul hits — “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day” — that fit any mood like a turtleneck and wore into the creases of oldies radio stations. Yet who knew they’d be so versatile as to be coverable by (respectively) a heavy metal band, a Christian rap […]

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Return To The Journey: A Guide To Thundercat

As a genre-blurring bassist, Stephen Lee Bruner a.k.a. Thundercat is bored to tears by virtuosity for the sake of it. “[For me], it’s about writing songs instead of attacking a moment and trying to say everything at once,” he told Bass Player in 2020, citing his influences as Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, and the Bee […]

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Super Deluxe: Prince’s 1999 Gets A Massive Reissue

In 1981, Prince and his yet-unnamed band hit the stage of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. For two nights, they’d serve as the opening act for rock icons the Rolling Stones. Prince was already a hit-maker on the R&B scene. “I Wanna Be Your Lover” from his self-titled sophomore LP nabbed No. 11 on the […]

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