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disco funk seeds

Disco funk seeds

It’s also linked to a track by Stevie Wonder that he often covers with the band live – ‘A Seed’s a Star/Tree Medley.’ Arp Frique has an inherent understanding of funk and a flush-tight connection to the groove. This was apparent on his debut Welcome To The Colorful World of Arp Frique, via its fusion of disco and funk interwoven with Caribbean and Cape Verdean sounds, and it continues even more so here. If anything, the album plunges deeper into Arp Frique’s love of rhythm and groove. “I went deeper into my love for synths and drum machines from a dance floor perspective,” he says of the album. “This one has more of an electronic vibe.”

Arp Frique’s second album on Colorful World, exploring the globe via a concoction of sounds that takes in disco, synth boogie, funk and the sounds of the Caribbean, West and East Africa. Tip!

Soukous, calypso and funaná (to name but a few) are all masterfully intertwined on ‘The Seed’, with the open-minded band always looking to expand their repertoire, flirting with South-African bubblegum on ‘Baba Love’ (a track that features the mighty Orlando Julius) and channeling Francis Bebey on ‘Oi Quem Q’eu Nos Oi’.

Disco funk seeds

Fittingly, the headline attraction that day was Light of the World, a band who for the previous four years had spearheaded a style of music that for the first-time added a uniquely UK-centric twist to black American dance music, and jazz-funk in particular: Brit-Funk.

The results of this nation-wide spread, albeit sometimes on a niche level (only a handful of records, such as Freeez’s ‘Southern Freeez’, ever made the higher echelons of the pop charts) can be heard in some recent reissues from the admirable Backatcha label. Of these, Cloud’s ‘All Night Long’ was one of the first records to emerge from the West Country’s overlooked jazz-funk scene., while another, Oneness’s ‘Watching You’ has an even more intriguing back story.

Yet there were also exponents of the style scattered around the country and the records found favour in both the nation-wide soul all-dayer scene and the underground, inner city clubs that provided a weekly stomping ground for its most dedicated and expressive dancers.

Light of the World