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Old School Funk, Vol. 4

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The fourth volume of Thump's Old School Funk series continues to gather gritty, electronically-charged R&B singles from the '70s and '80s. Thump tends to shuffle around a number of songs by dressing them up in slightly different manners, and there's plenty of oft-recycled material here. The Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb on Me," Con Funk Shun's "Ffun," Parliament's "Flashlight," Kool & the Gang's "Get Down on It," and a few others have appeared on other Thump comps. Despite this, Old School Funk, Vol. 4 brings plenty of quality. There's no denying that each song here is a crucial slice of late-'70s and early-'80s funk.

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