Charlie Funk hits all the right notes on his solo debut EP ‘Give Me a Groove’
Charlie Funk seems to know what his strengths are as a musician and on his debut EP “Give Me a Groove” he shows them off with pride.
Not too often do you find an album without a weak track, but that’s exactly what Funk has accomplished. I have given it several listens and each time I’ve found something new to enjoy.
The first play through, for instance, I fell in love with the opening track “Give Me a Groove” and its commitment to creating that funky feel. I also found myself digging “Lunch in Babylon.” It’s a track that has a sexy guitar solo, a weird-but-cool sci-fi vibe and poignant spoken-word lyrics that may seem strange upon first listen. Give it another spin, though and you’ll start to understand what it’s going for much better.
The second listen through the album, in fact, and I picked up the subtle alterations to the cover of Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual” such as intense the trumpet starts and stops, the laid back pace and the aqua-feeling keyboard sounds in the background.
Funk also has several videos worth checking out. The video for “Sexy Cutie,” for instance, fits the song perfectly and finds a way to be seductive without being disrespectful. Maybe it objectifies women some, but it does it in an honest way, at least.
Also, definitely check out “It’s Not a Joke,” That song, along with the title track, would be perfect picks if I needed to find a track to represent Funkistan in the musical Olympics.
Part of what makes this album work is that Funk has recruited some great musicians to contribute. He lets people such as former P-Funk All-Stars Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton, and Amp Fiddler, shine. There’s several strong horn arrangements by Mac Gollehon (Nile Rodgers, David Bowie, Simply Red), a special guest Spoken Word performance from Marla Mase, and music from The True Groove All-Stars.
Funk at the end of the day has made an honest album featuring passionate music that knows exactly what it’s trying to do.