If you’ve been paying attention to the music I talk about on the Funkish blog, you’ll have noticed that I maintain a pretty broad definition of Funk. I love the genre-bending hybrids that are funky, but not exactly Funk. They’re just too cool to categorize.
That being said, here are my favorite funky songs from around the world for 2017…so far. You’ve got pure Funk, Ethio-Jazz inspired Funk, New Orleans Funk (where we begin & end this playlist), Latin Funk, funky Soul music, modern Funk with a little disco House music influence, African Funk, and more.
This playlist is made up of my favorite Funk songs of 2017 with vocals. Check out the Best Instrumental Funk Songs at this link.
Taken as a whole, it would be hard to classify this playlist at the record store. And yet, it’s funky! Enjoy…
Listen to the best Funk songs of 2017 & follow the playlist…
A Funk Supernova: The Funkiest Music of 2017
Watch the dopest music video of 2017 & listen to the high energy Eric Boss song from Mocambo Records, “Closer To The Spirit” — one of the most exciting Funk songs of 2017 for its old school Hip-Hop vibe and modern, fresh style.
What’s so ever you play…It’s got be funky!
The Girls Come To New Orleans
The first single from Parking Lot Symphony is a cover version of “Here Come the Girls” — a song written by Allen Toussaint and originally recorded by Ernie K-Doe and released in 1970. It’s fun, funky, New Orleans party music at its finest!
Taking The Funk To New Heights
Better Than A Whole Lotta Nuthin’
This 2017 single didn’t make Third Wall Chronicles, but check out the sublime Pimps of Joytime cover of “777-9311” by Morris Day and the Time (written by Prince) in their fantastic video. Look out for the cool conga breakdown..
Throwback Soul, Modern Appeal
Their 2015 self-titled debut features several vocal tracks that are a throwback to a more soulful time, yet these guys play irresistible music that’s 100% modern & original (never cliche). Their 2017 single, “Sure Don’t Miss You,” is a catchy, modern Soul song that’s as good as 60s Soul classics.
Sexy Disco Funk Party Banger
You’re Gonna Dig This Style
Put A Glide In Your Stride & A Dip In Your Hip
This Soul Siren Nails It — Bad Ass Blaxploitation Style
Groove Is In The Heart
Happy Tropical Funk
¡Oye bien! This Gets Under Your Skin…
Afro-Latin Jamming & Funky Beats
La Cosa Más Funky
Listen to the new song from Fela Kuti’s tenor guitar player, Oghene Kologbo, via Paris DJs. “My People” comes from the 2017 album, Africa Is The Future. This funky Afrobeat style song features the legendary Tony Allen on drums and Jamaican deejay Joseph Cotton on guest vocals. Kologbo plays bass and guitars. Recorded and produced by Loik Dury, who mixed it with Grant Phabao…
Don’t Lose Your Balance
Listen to their tune “Kinshasa” here because it’s the best song with vocals from the record. It captures the essence of the band’s worldly, Funk groove. Its soaring horns, powerful percussion, fast drum & bass, and a wild tale of getting lost in Congo combine Latin & African Funk influences. Hear more about the band from David Nesselhauf, bass player of Diazpora, speaking on Calamity Jade’s Funk Shui show on Radiopopolare.
Exotic Ethiopian Funk
Akalé Wubé really jams on this one. Listen for the breakdown about halfway. A groovy piano leads us in, then rousing horns, and wild wah-wah funk it up and bring it to fever pitch before Girma resumes the story.
Get Up Outta Your Seat
Better Than The Original?
Feelin’ The Love
Just Be Nice, Baby
Soul Scratch is rooted in the principle that through the healing power of music, the world may be made into a joyous loving place where all of humanity can come together under the umbrella of Love and togetherness. They tell stories of humanity, warts and all, always finding a reason for optimism and gratitude to keep on having a good time sharing positive, Soul music.
“Be Kind” is modernized, old-school Soul music. It’s good-time music, and classic lovers’ Rock Ike Turner could have made. Soul Scratch is a hard hitting groove machine, blending the Stax and Motown sound with a modern Southern California feel. Buy Pushing Fire on vinyl, add some potent Soul music to your collection, and get yourself one of the best albums of 2017.
Fire Not A Flame
Take Me Higher
Listen to Charles Bradley sing his heart out, and watch the awesome animation in this breathtaking video…
Freakin’ The Funk In New Zealand
A Handful of Funk
Shakin’ To The Groove
Can You Feel Me?
An Electrifying Cultural Exchange
Two-time Grammy award-winning guitarists Michael League, Chris McQueen, and Bob Lanzetti (all from Snarky Puppy), percussion legend Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon, Sting), pedal and lap steel virtuoso Roosevelt Collier (Lee Boys, Karl Denson), and unplaceable percussionists André Ferrari (Väsen) and Keita Ogawa (Banda Magda, Yo-Yo Ma) come together to create a diverse ensemble rich in groove, melody, and soul.
“Nou Tout Se Yonn” in this Spotify playlist captures all the elements perfectly into a funky, percussive, powerful song.
Here Samba means “second born,” his place in his family, which of course was to legendary Malian artist Ali Farka Touré. On “Nature” he creates a good groove around the desert Blues, and shows how Malian music can make you feel funky even when you don’t understand the words.
A New Orleans Send Off
Fever For The Second Line
Ain’t Gonna Stop!
“L. Brown, the trombone player, was inspired by trying to get away from our trials and tribulations. It’s like that story about crabs in a bucket, one gets to the top and the others will bring him back down. We were doing everything we could to make it out. Whenever we tried to get up, there was no one to help pull us out. We did it all on our own.”
Feel the Funk!