Funk · New Wave

‘Speaking In Tongues’ (1983) – Talking Heads

Talking Heads are a band interesting for their unique meld of influences: in stages over their sixteen year existence, the former New York art students have successfully joined the dots between hard-edged punk, danceable funk, synth-driven new wave and the more intricate rhythms of afrobeat. Having duly received heaps of critical favour for this experimentation, which for a period was… Continue reading ‘Speaking In Tongues’ (1983) – Talking Heads

Funk

‘Struttin’ ‘ – The Meters (1970)

Strut (verb): To walk with a proud gait. Strut (noun): A bar forming part of a framework and designed to resist compression. Quite an apt title for this bona fida funk classic – an album that will awaken your inner swagger and a work that is an indispensable part of the history of the funk… Continue reading ‘Struttin’ ‘ – The Meters (1970)

Funk · Soul

‘Here My Dear’ – Marvin Gaye (1978)

An undoubted contender for the greatest vocalist of all time, Marvin Gaye is remembered mainly for his massive hit version of ‘I Heard It On The Grapevine,’ the sensual ‘Let’s Get It On,’ and the quiver-inducing ‘Sexual Healing.’ His album ‘What’s Going On,’ a release that was revolutionary for its tackling of wider social issues… Continue reading ‘Here My Dear’ – Marvin Gaye (1978)