There hasn't been a throwback track added to the playlist in a few so lets do this. This scorching boogie beauty is by Average White Band circa 1978. By now, you're most likely aware of how hard this band throws down. This album and song are a bit of a rare find because it didn't get released until 1994, and came years after their more well-known songs and records. Regardless, it funks...hard. And that's what this playlist strives for: the deep and unique.
The lyrics and overall ambience completely capture the feel of living as an aspiring rock star in The Big Apple. Beyond this well illustrated theme, AWB are true masters of playing the right notes at the right time with the utmost level of soul. They bring the heat on this one. It's 1978 so in addition to all tones, horns, and vocal harmonies being dialed in, there is also delightful synth work at play. Don't exit pre sax solo towards the end, take notes, and just dig this sound.
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About the Curator - Matt McCalpin
Musician/Guitarist/Vocalist/Teacher/Songwriter/Producer/Music Collector. Matt McCalpin lives a life committed to music. He was born with a guitar in his lap, and soul in his heart. A funkified odyssey that began with an accomplished education from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, has refined into a relentless amount of music created, stages played, students taught, and friendships formed. Currently Matt lives in Michigan with his wife, daughter, and pup. When not spending time with his family, he is avidly collecting music, performing, recording, and producing the Funk band Medicinal Groove. "Music is the best!"
8 July 2021
The bass line and production on this track are undeniably hot. Mishell Ivon is dropping vocals with some sass here. Bringing a funky, synthy, get up and groove vibe and choice tones all around.
8 July 2021
On the surface this hip little groover is catchy and dancy. But the Wanderlings give you much more than just that. You also get a pungent percussion break equipped with cuíca, and a fierce guitar solo. Accessible, yet tasty.
29 May 2021
This fat, tasty track has a mystic warmth to it. It feels real good.