Title - '5 Years Of Modern Funk'
Artist - Austin Boogie Crew Records
For those not in the know, Austin Boogie Crew Records (ABC) is an independent music label specializing in modern funk, a slightly underground genre that shares its DNA with a lot of big artists like Anderson Paak, Bruno Mars, and Tuxedo.
Founded in Texas in 2014, ABC Records is on a mission to showcase the breadth of modern new music inspired by 1980's boogie, the synth-heavy sound that has remained influential since its inception and reemerged in a big way over the last decade.
Since their official launch, ABC Records has branched out across states and countries to create a diverse and inclusive catalog of artists, releasing 15 projects from 14 different artists from around the world, and moving 7,500 Vinyl records in the process.
The artists highlighted on the ABC roster are known for their ability to intertwine classic funk sounds with a myriad of other genres, including R&B, electronic, hip-hop, and even indie.
A new compilation CD showcasing the diverse talents of the ABC Records crew, 5 Years Of Modern Funk is due to be released on March 27th, 2020 and is as good as you could ever hope it would have been, trust me!
1. Diamond Ortiz - 'Goodies'
2. Solar Shield - 'Reesis'
3. Solar Shield - 'Beeturia'
4. Rojai - 'Finest Girl' (FT. Sally Green)
5. Rojai - 'So Special' (FT. G. Vargas)
6. Rojai - 'Soul Step' (FT. Sally Green)
7. Trailer Limon - 'Love Don't Pay the Bills' (FT. E. Live)
8. Trailer Limon - 'Dancing with Somebody' (FT. B. Bravo)
9. Starship Connection - 'Do It 4 U'
10. XL Middleton - 'Enjoyable Sunburn'
11. XL Middleton - 'Nervous'
12. XL Middleton - 'Digital Devils'
13. Lowmac - 'Late Nights'
14. Computa Games - 'Do Your Thing' (FT. K-Maxx)
15. Computa Games - 'Feel Right 2Nite'
16. B & the Family - 'A Good Time' (Buscrates Remix)
17. B & the Family - 'Just Want to Love Ya'
18. Moniquea - 'Closer'
19. Jonny Tobin - 'Sunrise'
20. Jonny Tobin - 'Super Genesis'
21. Spence - 'Ear to Ear'
The 21-track CD is an impressive collection of amazing artists that bridge generations, from modern funk heavy hitters like XL Middleton, to legends of the first boogie wave such as B & The Family (whose front man Brian Morgan played guitar on Rappers Delight back in '79).
San Francisco native Diamond Ortiz made his first appearance on ABC Records with 'Goodies,' a smooth but dance floor friendly EP; with that lead single being the opening track on this compilation also.
Solar Shield creates exuberant compositions that elegantly walk a tightrope between modern funk and electronic beats, and kicked off the ABC Records discography with a bang in 2014 with his 'Reesis' 45 (which backs up Ortiz's cut nicely on this new album).
Rojai (pronounced ROW-JUH ), a San Francisco born crooner, released his first soul-infused solo LP Strut Down with ABC Records. Trailer Limon has been leaving his imprint on the modern funk scene since 2010 as one half of The Pendletons with classic singles like 'Waiting On You' and 'Let Me Turn You On.'
Starship Connection members B.Bravo and Teeko have also been putting the Bay on the map for years with their unmistakable brand of hip-hop infused funk.
The first international release on ABC Records came courtesy of Swedish producer Lowmac, who draws heavily upon the G-Funk sound in his production.
Coming by way of New Orleans and San Francisco respectively, Computa Games members Quickie Mart and Kung Fu Chris make unique, heavy hitting dance cuts.
Queen of Modern Funk and prolific California singer Moniquea made waves on ABC Records with 'Closer' (which also appears here in its latter stages), an infectious electro love jam produced by Spence.
Vancouver artist Jonny Tobin is an accomplished keyboardist, songwriter, and session player known for his jazzy lo-fi sound. And last, but not least, ABC Records founder Spence is a native of Austin, TX, whose debut funk EP 'Love Adventure' is a vision of beach boogie through an exotic lens; a warm combination of modern funk, hip-hop, and jungle sounds.
Kicking off in fine style with the aforementioned duo of Diamond Ortiz's smooth synth funk of 'Goodies' and Solar Shield's harder edged 'Reesis,' the brilliant, finger-snappin' funk of their other track here 'Beeturia' is also a lush joy to behold.
The Rojai trio of the bass slapped funk lines of 'Finest Girl' (featuring Sally Green), the hand-clappin' beauty 'So Special' (featuring Vargas), and the slow roll of 'Soul Step' (featuring Sally Green) are, without a shadow of a doubt, some of the highlights to be found here on an album aplenty with them.
The one-two funk of Trailer Limon's 'Love Don't Pay the Bills' (featuring E. Live) backed with the lush lo-fi approach to 'Dancing with Somebody' (featuring B. Bravo) are definitely top notch cuts also, along with the hip-hop synth of Starship Connection's 'Do It 4 U.'
The trio from XL Middleton begins with the dancefloor vibe of 'Enjoyable Sunburn,' then comes the harder funk of 'Nervous,' with the last of them bring the brilliant '80s hip hop synth work found within 'Digital Devils.'
Lowmac's twisting and turning synth work on 'Late Nights' is then backed by a double from Computa Games. The first is the down and funky 'Do Your Thing' (featuring K-Maxx) which is followed by the pulsating dancefloor cut 'Feel Right 2Nite.'
Next up are a couple from B & the Family such as the true flashback vibe of 'A Good Time' (Buscrates Remix) and its twin throwback cut 'Just Want to Love Ya.'
The synth pip-pop computer game sounds of Moniquea's 'Closer' soon become the intriguing back beat for what is a really luscious track, and then we get a jazzy lo-fi double from Jonny Tobin - 'Sunrise' and 'Super Genesis' - before the album rounds out with the ABC Records founder Spence's keyboard work on the addictively exotic 'Ear to Ear.'
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