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February 7th, 2018


The Whitefield Brothers - In The Raw

You know what I really hate? The Eurovision Song Contest. It's a loathing that refuses to be lessened by kitsch, by layers of meaning, by the false promise of camp. Over the years it has slowly poisoned the world, painting a picture of Europe as a continent of musical naff. I think that's fair? I know one of the reasons we typically ignore 99% of music from the continent is anglophone arrogance and incuriosity, but spreading the blame a little feels right in this situation.

Anyway, I'm going to let you in on a little known secret. Much of the best funk of this century has come out of Germany. Call it appropriation if you wish, but nowhere else has embraced African culture so wholeheartedly and taken it into the mainstream in the way that Germany has. When Max and Jan Weissenfeldt make the raw and dirty funk, they do it with heavy African percussion that towers over their psych organ lines. So good.

The Whitefield Brothers - In The Raw