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…

Mariah CareyMariah Carey – “Me. I Am Mariah” – Carey’s still got the pipes




Santana – “Corazon,” which means Heart in Spanish, the duets continue w/ Latin stars Gloria Estefan, Pitbull, Juanes, Romeo Santos and Los Fabulosos CadillacsCarlos Santana




roots2The Roots – “And Then You Shoot Your Cousin,” the band’s 19th release, it’s definitely a Funkalicious favorite amidst the group’s collection




Aretha Franklin – “Sings the Great Diva Classics” – After overcoming severe illness, “The Queen of Soul” keeps it moving at 72 with her latest releasereefa




Iggy Azalea - “The New Classic”Iggy Azalea – “The New Classic” – Despite the flack that’s transpired in her regard, TMOUF thinks she’s Funkalicious – This CD now remixed titled “Reclassified”





U2 – “Songs of Innocence” – Heads aren’t trying to give the vintage band props on this one, but these guys keep it righteous





The Black KeysThe Black Keys – “Turn Blue” – Mellower than their last 2 CDs, but still FUNKY




Michael Jackson’s posthumous release “Xscape” – A pleasant and warm surprise, go here for more depth… Jackson




Jack WhiteJack White’s new one “Lazaretto,” is a welcome release for his second solo album






Popcaan – “Where We Come From” AND Soja – “Amid the Noise and Haste” are the Funkalicious entries on the reggae tipsoja





Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand – “Partners,” features her w/ a dozen fellow male artists, from Stevie Wonder to Andrea Bocelli




Marsha Ambrosious – “Friends & Lovers” – her second solo post the duo Floetrymama




Lenny K StrutLenny Kravitz – “Strut” – go here for a retrospective on his music…




Smokey Robinson – “Smokey and Friends,” is a collection of duets, re-working his hitsSmokey and Friends




StromaeStromae – “Racine Carree” – This Belgian artist’s sound is throwback music with a modern edge




Benjamin Booker – “Benjamin Booker” – Transcends genre, in a word, eclectic… Booker LP




Sia 1000 FearsSia – “1000 Forms of Fear” – She can do no wrong




B.o.B. – “New Black” mixtape – B.o.B. has been a Funkalicious favorite since his first release Black Mixtape




tonibraxton&babyfaceToni Braxton & Babyface – “Love Marriage and Divorce” – Classic R&B





Prince - Art Official AgePrince – “Art Official Age” AND “Plectrumelectrum” – The King never disappoints PrincePlectrumelectrum





FooFightersSonicFoo Fighters – “Sonic Highways” – Catch the making of this album via the dock-series of the same title on HBO




Azealia Banks – “Broke With Expensive Taste,” was worth the wait, more here… Banks New Funk




Mary J - London SessionsMary J. Blige – “The London Sessions” – A slightly different and refreshing presentation for fans




M.O.P. – “Street Certified” is considered an EP, but with 9 tracks of Billy Danze and Lil’ Fame keepin’ it gutter, it might as well be classified as an LPmopstreet




Jessie JJessie J – “Sweet Talker” – fyi, Jessie J dropped a CD last year called “Alive,” it only came out in the U.K.





tbgagaHonorable 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.”  pinkI believe whenever an artist ventures outside of their primary genre, THAT’S FUNKY!  Hats Off to Gaga and Pink.



rockbustAC/DC – “Rock or Bust” AND Pearl Jam – “Lightning Bolt” – The fact that these two bands did new albums is FUNKY enough, but their sound is fresh and raw as it is vintage.pearl


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.taylor


for the Love of Great Music


blackmessiahUPDATE 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.lenox










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