One of the most interesting, and funkiest, compilations of 2011 so far has to be the new one from Tokyo Dawn Records, The Boogie.
The press blurb reads: Based on groove fundamentals such as 80′s and 90′s R&B, Minneapolis funk and early electro, this compilation holds 18 modern approaches to what we like to call boogie music. Inspired by the music of the past, the overall sound of The Boogie is nonetheless fresh and refined. Soul fans with an aversion to hip-hop, house and the beatier side of things won’t like everything on offer here, that’s for sure. But me, I love it! I don’t wanna be a freak, but I can’t help myself!
Listening to The Boogie actually made me feel exactly three and a half times cooler than I actually am. Just look at the tracklisting and all those exciting names, Opolopo, Vindahl, B. Bravo, Taut Fudge (OK, I made that one up). Cool, huh? But don’t worry, The Boogie is certainly not all mouth and no trousers, it’s packed to the rafters with strong songs and deep funk in addition to the overall progressive feel. There’s even a wine bar Atjazz re-edit of the old Rah Band track, Message from the Stars. How cool is that?
Take a listen to a few of the cuts below, and if you’re digging this head on over to Tokyo Dawn Records and grab a copy, just like l did!