A reader asked me on the Funkish Facebook page to recommend some other great music blogs where he could find out about funky new music. Since day 1, I’ve had an RSS feed set up on my Music News tab that gathers links of new articles from my favorite music blogs. So, that’s the first place to look. In this post, I’ll elaborate on it a bit and share a little more about my favorite music blogs. Check them out, and hopefully you’ll discover new sources for exciting music that will funkify your life…
Eclectic Funky Music, Diverse Points Of View
Funky DJ Mixes & Groovy Compilations
Don’t forget BBC 6 Radio from England. Check out great programs like Gilles Peterson’s & The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show to get hip to all kinds of marvelous music. I also love WeFunk Radio from Montreal because these guys have been sharing the best old-school Funk & Soul music, and dope Hip-Hop mixes for 20 years. In addition, give a listen to What Is Soul on Spotify for consistently soulful & funky playlists from a nice guy.
Music Of The African Diaspora
Their blog is always full of excellent posts that will point you to funky music from around the world. For example, click here for their 2016 best music round up. Another interesting series they have on their blog — Voices In Vinyl — is written by an old friend, Tasha Goldberg, as she collects vinyl on her world travels. Sign up for their email newsletter to stay up to date on all the astonishing music they highlight.
Listen to Afropop Worldwide’s superb “History of Funk” episode…
Okay Player is my favorite resource for current, more underground African American music. They write about Hip-Hop, Neo Soul, and have their finger on the pulse of what’s cutting edge.
Based in multi-cultural London, Rhythm Passport, curates some of the most intriguing African & Latin music. They produce cool events in London too if you can get there.
The Funk Will Set You Free
Willwork4funk, founded in 2012 in Milan, Italy by Jada Parolini aka DJ Calamity Jade, specializes in Funk/Soul/Jazz/Afro/Breaks/Soulful House. Having spent her teenage years in New York City, surrounded by black culture and music, it didn’t take long for the vinyl bug to bite her and Jada has been an avid collector of all that is Funk since 1998.
After moving to Milan, Italy in 2002 Calamity Jade started making a name for herself and has since been constantly active producing mixes that have appeared on radio shows worldwide, DJing at club nights in Italy & abroad, and hosting a weekly radio show, “Funk Shui,” on Italian stations Radio Popolare and Contro Radio. Listen to the show if you can speak Italian, and check her out here in English.
Funk It is another great blog. They shoot professional quality video of concerts all over the US. Follow them for some remarkable live footage. If you can’t make it to Jam Cruise or New Orleans Jazz Fest…they’ve got you covered.
Speaking of video, subscribe to the YouTube Channels of KCRW in Los Angeles, KEXP in Seattle, and NPR Music for outstanding videos of live performances of many of the artists I write about in Funkish.
Funkatopia is another outstanding resource to always go to when you want to hear some funky new music. They have lots of album reviews, a radio show, concert & music news, and everything you need to know about Prince.
Paris DJs are always putting out fantastic free mixes, and is one of the best places to turn for the newest & best funky music from around the world. They write good articles, and these voracious crate diggers highlight some amazing artists I bet you’ve never heard of. This may be the #1 source for getting turned on to awesome music you have never heard before, but will surely love.
And, of course Paris DJs create the world’s best compilation albums, and deluxe vinyl boxsets. Check them out here.
Also check out Superfly Records in Paris because they post an obscure track of the day on their Facebook page everyday.
Take a look at Monkey Boxing, a British blog focused on the Nu-Funk scene, with plenty of Soul, and underground Hip-Hop too. He frequently updates it to highlight brand new singles & LPs, and writes the descriptions in cheeky English style. A great place for DJs to find the newest Funk records.
For funky New Orleans music check out Offbeat Magazine.
Last but not least, the great Wax Poetics, is my go to music website for learning about what’s important in the world of Funk & Soul music. They also highlight breathtaking Brazilian music, and underground & old school Hip-Hop.
Roots Reggae Resources
Also check out United Reggae — it’s an excellent resource for remarkable Reggae music because they always have well written artist profiles, as well as a good mix of info about new Reggae & old school Roots Reggae. In addition, take a look at Large Up and Midnight Raver Reggae blogs for more on today’s top Reggae songs, Reggae bands, as well as great articles about the classic Reggae artists and Jamaican music.
Perhaps the best resource to get hip to heaps of Jamaican music is the legendary David Rodigan. You can Listen to his BBC show to stay up to date with the best of the current top Reggae songs, as well as learning about the history of Reggae & Jamaican music and how it all comes together in the present. And, follow “Ram Jam” Rodigan on Facebook to stay abreast of his one of a kind live performances.
Also, read this guest post courtesy of Fat City Vinyl in Canada dedicated to the joys of old school Reggae on vinyl. Fat City Vinyl’s YouTube channel is a tremendous resource for learning the stories of the classic Reggae artists, as told through their records, in the words of a dedicated collector.
Jam Bands, Rock & Indie Music
Jam In The Van creates the coolest concert videos, traveling coast to coast, going to festivals & musical cities like New Orleans & Asheville to record the best Rock, Funk & Jam Bands doing their thing live in the world’s funkiest mobile studio. Click here for my playlist of their best music videos.
If you like a lot of snarky commentary with your indie record reviews check out the internet’s busiest music nerd on The Needle Drop for video reviews of new releases and a cool look back at the classics.
Mojo & The Quietus are two more fascinating music sites with intelligent commentary and in-depth articles. Always remember to check the Bandcamp blog for the best new independent music from various genres.
Modern Latin Sounds
Check out Radio Gladys Palmera to get hip to the best music coming out of Spain, as well as Latin American music, and more. Follow their YouTube channel for superb live music videos.
Watch & listen to QUANTIC presenta Flowering Inferno’s “Chambacu” (feat Nidia Gongora) live on Radio Gladys Palmera…
My favorite resources for learning about & listening to Jazz are WBGO, All About Jazz, the Blue Note Records newsletter, and WWOZ in New Orleans. Subscribe to the YouTube Channel of Jazz at Lincoln Center for very well made mini-documentaries about Jazz, and stunning live performances at Jazz Night In America.
All About Jazz is another deep resource for learning all you can about Jazz, and staying up to date with the best new Jazz releases. All About Jazz, is produced by Jazz advocates, Jazz professionals and web technicians. Their mission is to provide information and opinion about Jazz from the past, present, and future. Thinking both globally and locally, AAJ delivers reviews of Jazz from around the world as well as interviews with international musicians. Check it out.
Keep On Digging…
I’m certainly leaving some out, so please link in the comments below to your favorite websites to find eclectic, funky music from around the world. Remember to check this link when you need to find new music to listen to. See my new music posts here, and when you follow links to bands & labels in the articles it will usually lead you to more great music resources.
And, the labels themselves — Colemine Records, TruThoughts, Strut, Soundway, etc — always have a website with links to awesome music (see the sidebar to the right for more direction). This should keep you busy for awhile, and give you plenty of places to dig deep and explore the wide world of groovy music.