A diverse selection of remixers from today’s generation of Detroit producers and musicians, looking back at the immense legacy of Funkadelic and re-imagining it for now, with the re-interpreters chosen to prismatically represent the vastness of Funkadelic’s genre-bending music. Available in triple gatefold vinyl and double CD formats.
Funkadelic have created an enduring legacy, and the power of their impact is visceral in Detroit. Their records not only played with genre, but possessed a diabolical sense of humour that led to music domination by the late 70s with Parliament, Funkadelic, Parlet, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and the Brides Of Funkenstein all releasing albums the same year for two years in a row. The music itself is beyond stereotype, but equally huge is that they were a black band not allowing themselves to be limited by anyone else’s notions of who they could be, having a massive impact on the next generation of Detroit music, Detroit Techno. But more than just Techno, it is a freedom of thinking that extends beyond boxes, so we included all sorts of today's generation of Detroit musicians and producers to show the wide range of music that was Funkadelic and how these ideas are still contemporary, they endure and inspire.
We are overwhelmed with just how seriously the remixers took this project, turning in some of their best work. ‘Cosmic Slop’ by Moodymann came about because of this compilation, and that is simply one of the finest odes to the Funkateer generation ever seen, and one of his finest works, here in its purest form. We have people that played in P-Funk in the 80s that eventually had major electronic music careers, such as Amp Fiddler and Underground Resistance. We have the rock band the Dirtbombs contributing their take on the heroin scam rock anthem ‘Super Stupid’. We have a disco edit from the best editor on the planet, Gay Marvine, and all sorts of important players with deep musical insight from the Detroit Techno and House camps. We had jazz hero Faruq Z Bey working on a new version of ‘Maggot Brain’ but he passed away during the creation of this project. Legendary Detroit producers Theo Parrish, Carl Craig and Wajeed all worked on remixes but felt their mixes just didn’t hold up to Funkadelic’s legacy – that is truly a rare kind of respect, and shows you just how much this music still means in Detroit.
BRENDAN M GILLEN