Ever see that movie? (Monty Python's And Now For Something Completely Different) If not, I definitely recommend check it out.
The Meters are a late 60s - 70s Funk band based in New Orleans. Not entirely famous, the group is regarded as the "popularizers" of funk music, for good reason. Usually at ilictronix we like to post great dance music. However, I'd like you guys to appreciate the "roots" of some of your favorite jams. Without funk, there would be no good disco, and no good disco-house. Not to mention some of your favorite French House tracks would've never existed.
So let's listen to some music, shall we? The first song is the title of the 2-CD anthology album I recently picked up - Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology. It's amazing, has some awesome talkbox, and definitely the funkiest out of the three. Not your cup of tea? Keep on reading, the taste changes - I promise.
The Meters - Funkify Your Life [click to download]
Next is a faster, more uplifting tune that is oh-so-catchy. Has a great intro, along with a more "traditional" - aka modern - layout. The lyrics are pretty nice, and carry a great message. Not a lyrics guy? No problem, the horns and bass are just...perfect.
The Meters - Give It What You Can [click to download]
Lastly is a piano-heavy tune with a strong ragtime influence. To be honest, this track sounds way ahead of its time, even more so when mastered. Not to heavy on the lyrics, this song caters to the soul more and just sounds "fresh." I personally enjoy this one the most, but it's your call :)
The Meters - Cabbage Alley [click to download]
Hope you enjoyed this little "change of pace" and, in the process, found a new group to check out.
And, because I can...
Prez Jordan - Slap The Knot [click to download]
You don't have to love this stuff, and I completely respect your decision either way. I just hope that if you love some of the disco-based stuff, you can appreciate this. Oh, and my track? It's pretty old and I love the criticism :) Just be...helpful.
Enjoy, and stay funky,