Here’s a quick round up of recent modern funk arrivals. The first record is a PPU release, and the DC label digs up a killer lo-fi soul piece from the ’80s-’90s. The Artist, Dwight Sykes, might not be a well known name outside of elite collector circles, but the funk, dug up from Sykes’ personal tape archive,” is serious. Check out “Where Ever You Are,” “After Midnight,” and “Bye.”
PPU strikes again for the next release, and this delicious number is from the New Jersey disco funk band Minority Band. Originally released in 2009, this white label reissue contains two tracks, “Tasty Tune” and “Live.” Laid back grooves, punchy horns, funky bass, and contagious guitar licks conjure up top-notch disco-boogie vibes.
Moving on, this 12″ is a new release courtesy of LA’s Moon B. “Anything” is a lesson in that “slanky” sound, a chill, breezy mix of boogie funk, house, and left-field electronics. Check out the super groovy title track and “Mending,” or the more funkified “Atmosfear.”
The next record is a debut effort from Miami boogie funk outfit Psychic Mirrors. Nature of Evil mixes up yacht rock, wavy synth jazz, and caribbean vibes with the band’s core sound, and the 12 tracker is a long awaited full-length that’s been in the works since the 6-piece group formed in 2012. This is a very limited edition pressing, and it comes with a printed insert and digital download code.
Last but not least, the homie Benedek from LA drops 5 heaters that mix up funk, boogie, new age, jazz, and fusion. You might have already heard some of the tracks on the cassette-only Coolin, and now you have the chance to own them on vinyl. Very limited pressing, so don’t sleep!