Back in 1986, Prince took on a feminine alter ego called Camille and recorded an album that went into test pressing, but was then suddenly scrapped. Now it's finally getting a release.
Titled 'Funky Nation: The Detroit Instrumentals,' the album was recorded in 1971 during the period when Gay refused to tour in support of his absolute classic 'What’s Going On.'
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At 30 years old, Anderson East is just getting started and without question will be one to watch in the coming years. East is currently on tour with his full band and Jade Bird with summer dates throughout the Midwest. Regardless of the type of music you think you like, East’s energy has something for everyone and is a performer you can’t afford to miss. Check out our full gallery of shots from the night.
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From a child prodigy, to rock producer, to leader of the first truly integrated rock/soul/funk band, and author of some of the best modern music and two of the best rock/soul/funk albums around, Sly Stone's life and musical story is a sadly unfinished one full of 'what-ifs.'
The Drum Chord Theory is the second solo offering to come from the members of The Internet and it's their second really strong offering that shows off everything they're capable of as individuals. Matt Martians is a phenomenal rising producer who's crafted some great experimental grooves that dabble in funk, R&B, and neo-soul. There are some definite hints of early Pharrell and Star Trak.
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George Clinton, songwriter, vocalist, producer, and bandleader has been described as a "genius" and a "pioneer" of funk music, but he is also a man who has had to fight for his rightful place in the annals of popular music.
Eddie Murphy is in early talks to play the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton, who is widely considered to be the Godfather of Funk.
The Chris Ruben Band keeps the psych-funk alive and well with 'Madness On Repeat.'
This will be the second film from Questlove and will follow the story of the influential artist, king of funk, and fashion icon Sly Stone.
Janelle Monáe is at her most authentic self here, but while much of it is about self expression and living your truth, it's still very timely and aware of the larger things happening in our society (protest music you can party to). An album all her own sound that can only be described as 'futuristic funk' - it's sonics are lush, it's synths are bright, and it's bounce is irresistible.
Despite the clear similarities to Amy Winehouse, Kali Uchis' music stands on it's own and it's a brilliant exploration of blues, funk, soul, R&B, and latin sounds, which she maneuvers through with impressive ease. Isolation is a breathtaking debut and a statement piece that shows she might just be music's next big thing.
This is the third solo offering from The Internet, and while it's the shortest of the trio it might show the most potential. At only 18 years of age, Steve Lacy shows a command and understanding of funk and soul well beyond his years. He is as equally strong in front of the boards as he is behind them; giving us glimpses of what might be the next big thing.
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Awaken, My Love! is an interesting experiment that has some noteworthy moments but is ultimately held back by it's too faithful adherence to it's 70's funk influences. Sorely missing the levity, personality, and subject matter Gambino has become known for.