MP3 The What Up Funk Band - As Funky As U Wanna B
"As Funky As U Wanna B"- a combination of old school and new school
time party funk that segways between the tracks with a personal touch(
inspired by Brand New Heavies, Tower of Power, Maceo Parker and
7 MP3 Songs
URBAN/R&B: Funk, URBAN/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
The What Up Funk Band''s premiere CD, As Funky as U Wanna B, captures the attitude that reignited the funk and acid jazz genre. This recording was done with the intention of minimal production and maximum music thus allowing the grooves to flow with a chemistry and subtle dialog that creates absolute magic. From raw and gritty to smooth and jazzy, the good times on these tracks take you on an ever-evolving journey that leave you asking yourself one question. How much funk do you really need? It is really up to you. You may require some up-tempo beats to get you through the day or a smoother touch to finish you off. Whatever the choice, it is truly yours and As Funk as U Wanna B.
Our adventure starts with the fast-driving, nasty little gem titled "Buttermilk". This live track is packed with so much raw kinetic emotion that it overflows into the next song. "We Came to Play" is a homage to all that play for the love of the art. This neo-funk, mid-tempo jam sets up the next pop-friendly track titled "Do What Cha Want to Do". Heralded as one of the band''s best compositions, this song embodies the idea of love grown apart. The rich chord movement and lyrics metaphorically reflect each other. Next up is the staple "What Up Funk". This slower acid jazz instrumental is laced with good times dialog, a smoking rhodes solo and the classic "What Up Funk" hook. The title track "As Funky as U Wanna B", flips the acid jazz script and turns the "What Up Funk" instrumental into a full-blown house party. Staying with the upbeat, good times idea, the "Weekend" jam keeps the party moving as one of the most fun and funky tracks. Rounding down the last two spots on Funky as U Wanna B are "Fantasies" and "Watching the Cars Go By". "Fantasies" is a funk rock reunion with the innocence of your past. While "Cars Go By" is a funny jazz piece that pokes fun at the proverbial lounge singer (scratchy record included).
Throughout the CD, there is a mystical flow that follows the movement of songs. Originally released as a personal project, this first release broke the band out of cover-band status and recreated them as an original funk ensemble. This CD was a big hit with the band''s following and provided the momentum for their next CD Soulfunkful which catapulted them to national success by playing with the likes of Tower of Power and The Average White Band.