The real deal
I have heard about a release party for a new album by a new artist for me: “Forgot the word” by Markey Funk. I started digging and it brought back all those memories; Digging up records with DJ Premier,The magnificent House of Oldies on Carmine st NYC, anticipation for a new album to come out, funk black pop psychedelic , George Clinton at the Palladium in New York New Year`s of 1990 party. I don’t know where to start but when black and white unite things go wild. Usually the most interesting music comes out from blacks that are mixing R&B, funk, and soul music with what the whites were doing: pop and psychedelia, to a wild awesome result, Hendrix guitars, Bootsy`s bass lines, Clinton`s vocals, Sly`s sound and so many others. I went to the release party of “Forgot the word” or a psychedelic party, the way he had named it and loved the music and sound. His myspace says that it all started from the White album ( he heard through his parents ), and then Russian underground music (through sister ), then some Nirvana, Goldie, Portishead, Aphex twin and so on…
Markey Funk is all over the place: DJing on both 106`s -Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, constantly doing studio work; remixing, producing, writing, doing soundtrack work, sharing stage on various occasions with bands like The Apples, Coolooloosh, Kutiman….
His playlists on 106FM tell the story: Vanilla fudge, Funkadelic, Sly, Erika Badu, Chubby Checker..
It seems this guy has it all together, meaning the concept, the sound, even the graphic design.I have seen posters, ads, promos and album cover by him. It all fits together and yesterday I was introduced to another Vinyl digger named Andy Votel who was DJing with Mark. These guys remind me of guys like J Dilla, DJ Scientist, DJ Shadow, but I think they are more musical. Their music roots run wider. Maybe they let the musical idea take center stage again and don’t rely on just a groove . I want to add some links that you`ll be able to listen to some of the things I am talking about ..
A Boris Galperin photo