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Classic of the Day: Tom Browne – “Funkin’ For Jamaica”
October 17, 2008, 6:56 pm
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In LA, there’s this “new” boogie movement led by Dâm Funk of Stones Throw records and centralized at his Monday night party, Funkmosphere, the hottest Monday night you will ever experience. “Boogie” is basically late 70’s, early 80’s funk. If it’s got a crazy wormlike synth bass line, drums that vibrate your gut, and makes you think about learning some poplock moves, then that’s Boogie. Think funky rollerskate music, except with bass so think, you’d fall from the vibrations each time you tried that one spin move.

Now, admittedly, when I went to Funkmosphere, I didn’t know a SINGLE song that Dam put on. That’s one of the beautiful things about being in LA and the diversity of parties being thrown. But it’s also a huge source of insecurity for me being a new dj in town. Will everyone hate me if I throw on T-Pain? Should I not reach for the Thriller LP even though it’ll sound sooooo good right now?

The point of all this is just to say one of the dopest funk songs that I feel directly contributed to the Boogie sound is Tom Browne’s “Funkin’ For Jamaica.” I don’t give a fuck how popular it is, or how many white folks love it, I’ll throw it down in any environment. That bass line is the truth. Classic of the day. Classic, period.

DOWNLOAD: Tom Browne – “Funkin’s For Jamaica”
From Love Approach (unknown, 1980)

BONUS: Dâm Funk – “Dâm Funk”


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