Parliament Up For The Down Stroke:
Doo-wop vocals, funky guitars, horny horns. Lets not forget crazy lyrics, interesting song structures, and amazing improv. Though not as fully awe inspiring as they would become, this album still turns heads and can make even the most introverted wallflower want to shake their ass.
Rating: 13/15 hints of thing to come
Of Montreal Jon Brion Remixes:
Cutesy dance-pop gets cutesier with the help of ukuleles and bubbly keyboards. Basically exactly what you’d expect from this collaboration. Its fun for a couple of minutes, then you realize the entire EP is the same borderline-twee lyrics plucking keyboards and goofy hipster vocals.
Rating: 9/15 overcute
Parliament Mothership Connection:
Possibly the funkiest album ever made. Filled with dance-able tunes top notch musicianship, and a sci-fi theme. If you want to dance you can’t do much better than this album.
Rating: 15/15 Funkaliciourumpocologists.
Abe Vigoda Reviver:
Danceable post-punk with some cool guitar lines. The vocals are delivered well, but often have a weird bubbly sound added to them. The production leaves a little to be desired, but overall a good listen.
Rating: 12/15 Things with the words dance and punk in their description that don’t suck
Toots and The Maytals In the Dark:
If you want to groove, this record is for you. A perfect mixture of funky reggae and soulful vocals. The albums tracks are usually upbeat dance tunes or mournful pieces filled with yearning and heartbreak. If you’re looking for Reggae less Westernized than Bob Marley, but not as out there as Lee “Scratch” Perry, than this ones for you.
Rating 13/15 Sweet sweet vocal harmonies
The Bamboos Side Stepper:
A solid modern funk album, by some of the most stylish men in music. While, The Bamboos original songs are strong dance-able funk tunes, their cover of The Kings of Leon’s song Kings of Rodeo sticks out. I’d like to see an entire album with a Meg Washington fronted Bamboos.
Rating: 12/15 well-pressed suits