Music Review: Various Artists – The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club Volume 2

Craig Charles Funk And Soul Club 2

Genre: Funk / Soul / R&B / Downtempo

Region: UK

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Label: Freestyle Records

Release Date: November 25, 2013

Craig Charles is a busy DJ/actor and host of the longest-running and most popular show on BBC Radio 6 Music The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show. That accumulated experience is reflected on this compilation which retains funk at its core, while spanning various decades  (although the majority being contemporary tunes) and strains of groove-laden music from tropical jazz (Mop Mop), acid jazz (James Taylor Quartet, The Bongolian, The Perceptions), New Orleans brass funk (Hot 8 Brass Band) to smoky electrified blues (Deep Street Soul), neo-swing (Tape Five) and the uplifting breakbeats of straight funk (Aldo Vanucci, The Sweet Vandals). Some of the covers are extremely imaginative like Cookin’ On 3 Burners version of “Cars” (remember Gary Numan) or Hot 8 Brass Band’s take of “Ghost Town” (Madness).

This 72 minute-long  eclectic set, compiled with an ear for crowd-pleasing tunes, brings together a wide palette of styles; therefore it serves as an excellent introduction for newcomers. On the other hand, it contains quite a number of treats for crate-diggers – not to forget the 3 new tracks debuting here: Dr. Rubberfunk‘s “Creek Walk”, Emma Beatson and The Hawkmen’s track “Do It”, and Lack Of Afro‘s “The Outsider – Part 2”. The compilation serves also as a showcase of the particularly vibrant contemporary funk scene. Rest assured you are going to find some captivating rhythms to keep your party moving.

Review by  DJ Life Fabrik

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More funk at Freegan Kolektiva:

  1. Souleance – Brotha EP
  2. Funky Destination – Down To The Music EP
  3. Various Artists – Life’s A Glitch Volume 4
  4. Riot Jazz Brass Band – Corn On The Cob / Paradox
  5. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – From Africa With Fury: Rise
  6. Rebirth Brass Band – Rebirth of New Orleans
  7. AfroQBen – Liquid Gold
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