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Funk

Every Breath You Take: Funk Cover

Every Breath You Take: Funk Cover

Funkmasters Scary Pockets take The Police track Every Breath You Take and give it a fresh coat of paint with this wonderful rendition of the 1983 hit, led off by the soulful vocals of Sarah Dugas, and paying tribute to the syncopated reggae beats of the original.

Scary Pockets: Wild World

Scary Pockets: Wild World

With the powerful vocal stylings of Rett Madison leading things off, Scary Pockets succeeded at breathing new life into Cat Stevens’ early ’70s classic Wild World with an ample dose of soul and a dash of funk.

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Leonid and Friends: September

Leonid and Friends: September

An amazingly good cover version of Earth, Wind & Fire’s 1978 classic September from an unlikely source. Hailing from Russia, Leonid and Friends completely nailed the instrumentation of the original, powered along by rock solid vocals. Check out Leonid’s YouTube channel for more.

Sweet Child O’ Funk

Sweet Child O’ Funk

Scary Pockets teamed up with vocalist Mario Jose to perform a funky interpretation of of Guns N’ Roses’ hit Sweet Child O’ Mine, unlike any we’ve ever heard before. Between the Rhodes keyboard, horns, and Mario’s soulful voice, it’s a truly special listening experience.

Funk Against the Machine

Funk Against the Machine

Metaphump performs jazzy funk covers of rock and metal tunes. Here, they turn in an excellent rendition of Rage Against the Machine’s Killing in the Name, with a groovy bassline and vibrant horn section. Their Metallica and Megadeth covers are worth a listen too.

George Clinton: Tiny Desk Concert

George Clinton: Tiny Desk Concert

Funk’s living legend George Clinton and his band the P-Funk All Stars spread good vibes and infectious energy at NPR Tiny Desk Concert. They performed a trio of classics: Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On, One Nation Under A Groove and Give Up the Funk.

Creep: Funk Cover

Creep: Funk Cover

Scary Pockets shared this awesome funk arrangement of Radiohead’s 1993 classic Creep, brought to life by the smooth and soulful vocals of India Carney. If the guy on the Wurlitzer looks familiar, that’s Jack Conte, better known as half of Pomplamoose.

Literal Red Hot Chili Peppers

Literal Red Hot Chili Peppers

Musician Davie504 was asked by a fan if he could play some Red Hot Chili Peppers with an actual red hot chili pepper. Aiming to please, he obliged, and turned in a delicious medley of the band’s spicy blend of alternative, rap, rock, and funk flavors.

Killer Mike Meets George Clinton

Killer Mike Meets George Clinton

(PG-13: Language) Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike managed to score a one-on-one interview with legendary funk musician and producer George Clinton, and hung out in one of his barbershops to chew the fat about hip-hop, doo-wop, haircuts, counterfeit cash, and more.

Super Freak: Metal Edition

Super Freak: Metal Edition

Musician and video maker Andy Rehfeldt took the Rick James hit Super Freak and reworked its backing track from disco funk to hard rock. It works shockingly well, and to a certain extent seems more appropriate for the bad girl James describes in the lyrics.

Lamont Landers: Funk Medley

Lamont Landers: Funk Medley

Lamont Landers and his bandmates Bowen Robertson, Jaraven Moe Hill, and Kevin Canada turn in an awesome medley of Earth, Wind & Fire, Sly and the Family Stone, and a dash of funky love makin’ tossed in for good measure. Want some mo? Try on some Bill Withers.

Dam’nco: French Kiss

Dam’nco: French Kiss

Dam’nco owe more than a small debt of gratitude to Daft Punk (and the entire disco era) for plowing the fields for this kind of music, but that doesn’t make their funk-jazz track with a heaping help of analog synth and talkbox vocals any less awesome.

Play That Funky Music White Boy

Play That Funky Music White Boy

While it’s a sound that owes a ton of credit to Stevie Wonder and Zapp & Roger, we have to say we’re extremely impressed with this funky demo of a talkbox with a Moog Little Phatty synth by Steveland Swatkins of Excellent Gentlemen.

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