Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez

Funk Spectrum II

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Although Funk Spectrum II doesn't dig quite so deep into the crates as its predecessor -- no doubt because it's missing co-compiler Josh "DJ Shadow" Davis and his trainspotting oneupsmanship -- this second volume in the series maintains and even improves on the excellence of the first disc, forgoing obscure novelties for a more cohesive and better-sequenced listening experience. Series supervisor Keb Darge teams here with Kenny Dope to compile 20 relative obscurities drawn mostly from the early- to mid-'70s, although the disco era rears its head every now and again; this is textbook stuff, certainly never transcending the brilliance of masters like James Brown, George Clinton, or the Meters, but at the same time capturing the essence of pure funk with swaggering ease. Personal favorites: Mickey & Them's electro jazz-funk instrumental "U.F.O.," the Soul Seven's "The Cissy's Thing," and the Pleasure Seekers' Kool and the Gang homage "Give Up the Funk."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
03:04 Amazon
2
feat: Duralcha
03:05 Amazon
3
02:52 Amazon
4
03:21 Amazon
5
04:01 Amazon
6
02:08 Amazon
7
feat: Third Guitar
02:58 Amazon
8
feat: Soul 71
02:23 Amazon
9
feat: Frankie Seay
03:18 Amazon
10
04:00 Amazon
11
feat: Richard Rome
02:16 Amazon
12
02:47 Amazon
13
feat: Peacemakers
02:55 Amazon
14
feat: Latin Breed
02:25 Amazon
15
02:26 Amazon
16
04:28 Amazon
17
02:40 Amazon
18
feat: Raw Soul
02:47 Amazon
19
04:46 Amazon
20
feat: Joe Coleman
03:24 Amazon
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