If one album this year (thus far) truly deserves the Funk stamp of approval, it has to be Kindness‘ debut World, You Need a Change of Mind. The way Adam Bainbridge successfully bridged the gaps of his own love for R&B, Funk, Soul and Go-Go across the songs on that album continues to bug me out. Not to mention – he backs it up with an electrifying and bewildering live show. Now though, comes the video for his single ‘That’s Alright’ – performed here by Trouble Funk, the group whose music was sampled to create Kindness’ version.

On speaking of the song, Kindness said: ‘That’s Alright’ is almost entirely based upon samples from the Trouble Funk song ‘Still Smokin’… Go-go has been on my radar since Rich Harrison first started putting out incredible songs with a go-go influence. As a DC area native, Harrison knew well the urgency and vitality of go-go, and its unswervable effect on an audience. Hence his use of go-go breaks in ‘Crazy in Love’ by Beyonce, ‘One Thing’ by Amerie and ‘Take this Ring’ by Toni Braxton… In clearing a sample for use in a song, you have to send a copy to the original writers for approval and publishing clearance. So I knew that Trouble Funk ought to have heard the song already. For that reason I thought we might try and take things a step further. Would the band perhaps be interested in performing the new version of their song for the video? And could they find me something to do?”

World, You Need a Change of Mind is out now.

Taken off his critically acclaimed debut album World, You Need a Change of Mind, Kindness releases ‘That’s Alright’ on September 3rd. Introduced by a sex-soaked saxophone the track quickly evolves into a 80’s explosion of Funk and dirty Pop. His guitar licks and that harmonised chorus is unquestionably  Kindness’ nod to his Holy Purpleness. Fonky.

If you get the chance to see this man live – don’t miss it. His stage shows are wild. He’ll be playing some live shows next month, peep the dates after the jump.

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Not much is known about DIANA other than there from some part of Canada. But what I think we can tell from ‘Born Again’ is that they probably have quite a soft spot for 80’s pop culture as evidenced in those chunky electro bass riff’s, soft drums, sax solo’s and that big power ballad chorus. And then there are those ghostly vocals which give everything a nice eerie “Lynchian” atmosphere. I like it.

Head to their soundcloud and listen to their achingly cool ‘Perpetual Surrender’ too.

Thick drum pads and gluttonous bass licks all up on this new beauty that the Parisian, Onra has made for Skullcandy’s latest series – Supreme Sound From…

This track and the rest will be released on limited edition 12″ vinyl, which conveniently for the rest of the world will only be sold in Paris. If you don’t manage to get your hands on an import, stream it below via the beloved Soundcloud.

Ahead of her headline performance at the Lovebox festival next week, diva Grace Jones has provided a previously unheard remix of ‘Williams Blood’ – a single taken off her critically acclaimed, ’08 album Hurricane. Belgian production duo Aeroplane work their Electronic future-Disco around Jones’ iconic voice and in doing so provide us with an excellent pre-festival treat. Listen/download below.

We’ll be at Lovebox across the 3 days this weekend – so watch out for some cool stuff across twitter, facebook, tumblr and of course right here.

You can still buy tickets to see the likes of Grace Jones, Chaka Khan, Lana Del Rey, Disclosure, Kelis, Emeli Sande, Friendly Fires and more – here.

It’s been a minute since untouchable Parisian beatsmith Onra dropped the outstanding 2010 set Long Distance. Upon his return we’re bathed again in probably some of the warmest digital funk being made across the hemispheres. Fat and sweaty with Ain’t Nobody style bleepings and stomping vintage drums that sound like a cue for a Peruvian cocaine and yacht purchase, this is lifted from his Fool’s Gold Records EP Deep In The Night which is out now on iTunes.

In the spirit of classic 80s rare groove, advancing Dutch producer (and assuming vocalist here also) Shook comes through with this earnest number and it’s smoother than Dave Chappelle’s botoxed balls. Out now as a double A-Side along with the equally retro-phonky ‘Distorted Love’ which you can procure via the chap’s bandcamp.

Tipped as one of the most promising acts by many for a year or so, 20 year old half Serbian, half Spanish singer, Cleo Sol has pricked my ears up with this easy going summer throwback track. For all you real UK reppers, you may have remembered Cleo Sol from the Tinie Tempah classic, pre ‘Passout’. Singing the hook on ‘Tears’ and working in cahoots with producer Davinche for a while, definitely was a stepping stone for the West London singer and led her signing to Island Records.

Now with her debut single, she grabs a sample from the legendary Isley Brothers ‘Work To Do’ (or it could be The Average White Band’s version), detailing the frustrations of dating and the madness that often women go through. Laying her smooth vocals over the classic 70’s funkesque vibe, Cleo Sol has pleasantly surprised with this one.

The Purple God has bestowed unto us a brand new ‘rehearsal jam’ of two classic (albeit elusive) songs – ‘Mutiny’ (The Family, 1985) and ‘Ice Cream Castles’ (The Time, 1984) – and of course, it’s fonky as hell. Performed with his band The NPG, the jam clocks in at nearly 10 minutes – you’ll be satisfied within the first 2. This glorious gift has been offered up ahead of Prince’s upcoming Australian tour – do the ting.

I’m a happy man tonight.

(Exclusively premiered via drfunkenberry)

Spanish producer Strand teams up once again with Laid Back radio and illustrator Oli-B (who produced some lovely t-shirts for those in attendance of the 22tracks launch) for his new project SLAM FUNK! supported by the Lowriders collective. Positive saturday morning vibes on this one. Really nice guitar work throughout coupled with some interesting, and at times quite grizzly synth runs and glitches. Head over to Strand’s bandcamp to listen to the rest of the project

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