There was a lot of FUNKY Music this year! Not limited to the genre of FUNK, several icons and legends in music released new albums, as well as some of music’s newer FUNKY artists. Here’s the FUNKALICIOUS list for 2014…
U2 – “Songs of Innocence” – Heads aren’t trying to give the vintage band props on this one, but these guys keep it righteous
Michael Jackson’s posthumous release “Xscape” – A pleasant and warm surprise, go here for more depth… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/05/24/xscape-the-funkin-posthumous-michael-jackson-album/
Lenny Kravitz – “Strut” – go here for a retrospective on his music… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/07/29/a-lenny-kravitz-retrospective-strut-in-september/
Benjamin Booker – “Benjamin Booker” – Transcends genre, in a word, eclectic… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/10/09/benjamin-booker-brings-the-funk/
B.o.B. – “New Black” mixtape – B.o.B. has been a Funkalicious favorite since his first release http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/11/30/another-funkin-psa-b-o-b-s-new-black/
Toni Braxton & Babyface – “Love Marriage and Divorce” – Classic R&B http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/02/10/the-funky-rb-duo/
Prince – “Art Official Age” AND “Plectrumelectrum” – The King never disappoints http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/08/26/new-funk-from-prince/
Azealia Banks – “Broke With Expensive Taste,” was worth the wait, more here… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/11/08/azealia-banks-funk-dropped-this-week/
Honorable Mentions go to… Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – “Cheek To Cheek,” a collection of standards, I was present during the first session Bennett & Gaga recorded together for Tony’s “Duets II” CD — The duo recorded “The Lady Is A Tramp.” I also worked on the session with Franklin for that album, where she joined Bennett on “How Do You Keep The Music Playing.” Pink and Dallas Green go by the name You + Me for their folk song project “Rose Ave.” I believe whenever an artist ventures outside of their primary genre, THAT’S FUNKY! Hats Off to Gaga and Pink.
Taylor Swift – “1989” – may not be Funky, but I’m not mad at her and can almost not believe I’m mentioning her – in short whether you like her or not, her work ethic, influence and presence, makes her Funky.
for the Love of Great Music
UPDATE 12/ 15/ 14… D’Angelo had a listening party for his new album “Black Messiah” under the name D’Angelo and The Vanguard in NYC last night. The new release is now available through Spotify; i-tunes; and Amazon. Annie Lenox dropped “Nostalgia” back in October, it features covers of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and “God Bless the Child,” but her version of “Mood Indigo” is my favorite on the album.
FUNKALICIOUS MUSIC FOR 2013: http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/01/02/the-funkalicious-top-20-funky-cds-for-2013/