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?”