If you occupy space on any land in the contiguous United States, you’re melting. In DC, we suffered through the ironic juxtaposition of a heat wave and power outage. Somehow, not having working a/c makes the heat feel hotter. There’s no doubt the bold Devil spends more and more summers walking above ground and bringing his frighteningly untenable living conditions with him.

It’s no accident that this weeks installment is less head-bang and more head roll. The heat is a thief of Friday’s traditional frenetic energy. We are grateful for the privilege of a gasping breath. The thought of thinking is draining. As I listened to this ep. I marveled at how mellow the beats played. Frankly, I doubted it was really funky enough and considered passing it on to the Sunday Slowdown segment. It’s a collection of modern music with neo-retro (is that possible?) interpretations. Each song carries hints of memories of classic soul and the untrained ear might even think of consulting a calendar to check the production dates.  While the best days of R&B may be in the past, these artists exist in the full present and you can hear their passion for the old-fashioned 50’s and 60’s soul. Critics with a better ears and a firmer grasp of music legitimately debate the usefulness and authenticity of these retro-soulists. I just know what I like, and even if the critics prove this music is historically fallible, nothing more than an honest bastard from regal stock,the feeling it gives is authentically toe-tapping.  Friday is here and it’s hot. The funk is turned down just a bit, but the beats stay true.

Here’s the soundtrack:

Funk It Friday Ep. 8

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Hurry On/Alice Russell

I Don’t Know/Glen Anthony Henry

Train to Your Lover/The Pepper Pots

6 O’clock Blues/Solange

Are You Lonely Too/Ricky Fante

I Learned the Hard Way/Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

100 Yard Dash/Raphael Saadiq

You Called Me/Mayer Hawthorne

Still Into You/Kylie Auldist

Cold Shoulder/Adele

Let Me Down Easy/Bettye Lavette

Tears Dry On Their Own/Amy Winehouse