Space Out To A Parliament-Funkadelic Mind-Melting Journey (Mix)

With N.W.A. and Dr. Dre celebrating the mass attention in the Straight Outta Compton (and just Compton) renaissance, with about one of Dre’s leading inspirations? In addition to heavy influence from Curtis Mayfield, David Axelrod, and Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Dre’s career has been molded by Parliament-Funkadelic. From “Let Me Ride” to “What’s My Name?,” Dre has looked to the P-Funk spaceship to assemble his own flight plan. Additionally, one of Dre’s star artists, Kendrick Lamar, also has demonstrated the impression George Clinton’s music has pushed upon him. That being said, now may be as good a time as any to play some P-Funk with that G-Funk.

Boston, Massachusetts-based production outfit Soul Clap joins Snoop Dogg, Outkast, Kendrick, Too Short, and Killah Priest in a long list of Clinton collaborators. However, Bamboozle and Lonely C (who is on the cut) get a blessing to dig into the archives of the extensive catalog of The Parliaments, Parliament, Funkadelic, and the vast expansion of the P-Funk family tree. The resulting 72-minute tape (perfect the cassette age) examines some of those grooves, motifs, attitudes, and trailblazing that a casual compilation can’t show. This is an advanced P-Funk dissertation for the seasoned ear, trying to celebrate, better understand, and simply lift off with some of music’s most unpredictable, far-reaching innovators. This mix also makes a special point of including the exposition, thus pulling from album interludes and vocal monologues, in addition to many George interviews. Soul Clap also weaves in some extra reverb and delay to make the mix all the trippier, and perhaps maintain the respect of groups’ vast catalog worthy of support. Perhaps this vintage photo of Clinton and Bootsy Collins at work on a mix of their own:


What’s your favorite P-Funk groove?

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