Brighton boogie freak J-Felix is a lot more prolific than you may realise. As well as his own works released on the celebrated Tru Thoughts label (including debut album 101 Reasons and The Runaway EP), J is a session and touring musician for the likes of Swindle and Alice Russell.
His own sound is a direct descendent of George Clinton and crew’s funk ethos – whether you call it Parliament-Funk, Psych-Funk, Pure Funk or something of your own liking, P-Funk’s sound is distinctive and unique, feeding directly into J-Felix own music which is very much its own flavour.
His newest album, Whole Again Hooligan, features the phenomenal Andrew Ashong, Brit producer El Train, Sol Goodman, Emeson, and the classically trained Afua. In honour of its release, we asked Joe to provide a list of his influences – he didn’t disappoint.
Cover artwork: Sophie Bass
In no particular order, here are J-Felix’s top P-funk selections.
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J-Felix’s Top 10 P-Funk Tunes
Funkadelic – (Not Just) Knee Deep
I love this track. My first introduction to that drum fill intro, squiggly synth line and “OOO ooh oh oh!” was on De La Soul‘s Me Myself and I, but like with most original sample sources I come across, I prefer the original track. The mad vocal lines and infectious groove plus iconic synth bass – can’t go wrong.
Xavier – Work That Sucker To Death (produced by George Clinton and Bootsy Collins)
Xavier was produced by Boosty Collins and George Clinton and hinted towards disco. Brilliant. Has all the lush synth work and groove in the rhythm section you’d expect from the P-Funk world, but in a smooth disco environment. The other side, Love Is On The One, is reminiscent of Michael Jackson‘s Off the Wall and was a big source of inspiration for a disco/P-Funk style cut I put out a few years back called J-Freq.
George Clinton – Atomic Dog
You could dance to this one all night. Used in Snoop Dogg‘s Who Am I (What’s My Name)? – one of many P-Funk jams used in the Hip-Hop/G-Funk stuff to follow.
Cameo – Funk Funk
I don’t know if there is some history there, but this almost like the anti P-Funk anthem. The hook sounds like it plays on Parliament‘s Give Up The Funk and says, ‘Get down on the C-Funk‘. Maybe they were trying to start a different funk movement!? Maybe they did. They got my vote either way! FUNKFUNK!
Don Blackman – You Ain’t Hip
This one is wild! I was wondering whether this would be allowed in a P-Funk top 10, but then discovered he actually played in Parliament, so I think this qualifies. It’s definitely the vibe. “Stop messing where you sleep!” Madness. This is taken from what is probably my number one album, by the way.
George Clinton – Quickie
I love the rhythm guitar on this. Plus everyone loves a quickie! Very silly. Very good.
Parliament – Give Up The Funk
This tune sounds like a party. Love it. Listen to David Bowie‘s Fame, they must have been listening to this in the studio for inspiration.
Bootsy Collins – I’d Rather Be with You
Bootsy’s amazing bass sound and incredible musicianship all ’round. Sonically awesome. A slower jam from the P-Funk world. A friend of mine said Childish Gambino – Redbone wouldn’t exist without this and I’m inclined to agree with him (wicked track by the way!).
Parliament – Flashlight
This tune has to be here in this list. This is everything brilliant about the P-funk sound. Big vocals, loose, but tight grooves, guitars that push the limits of funky. Mad synths and that iconic bassline. It’s a very beautiful and unique vibe and I am so glad to have experienced this live in my life.
Kojey Radical – Cashmere Tears
Possibly a curve ball, but an example of how the P-Funk influence is coming through today. Kojey is a true artist with a good sense of humour and he’s very open minded. I was honestly pleasantly surprised when he embraced this beat Swindle produced and feel very proud to have been a part of it! I wonder what our Godfather, George, would think of it!?