Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez

Funk Spectrum II

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Funk Spectrum II Review

by Jason Ankeny

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
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez 03:04 Amazon
2
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Duralcha 03:05 Amazon
3
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez 02:52 Amazon
4
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez 03:21 Amazon
5
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez 04:01 Amazon
6
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: World Wonders 02:08 Amazon
7 Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Third Guitar 02:58 Amazon
8 Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Soul 71 02:23 Amazon
9
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Frankie Seay 03:18 Amazon
10
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Total Experience 04:00 Amazon
11
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Richard Rome 02:16 Amazon
12
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Soul Generals 02:47 Amazon
13
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Peacemakers 02:55 Amazon
14 Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Latin Breed 02:25 Amazon
15
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez 02:26 Amazon
16
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez 04:28 Amazon
17
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez 02:40 Amazon
18
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Raw Soul 02:47 Amazon
19
Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: The Pleasure Seekers 04:46 Amazon
20 Keb Darge / Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez feat: Joe Coleman 03:24 Amazon
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