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James Brown – Sound On Sound Article

Classic Tracks: James Brown ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’
Producer: James Brown • Engineer: Ron Lenhoff
Excerpt from Article by Richard Buskin

James Brown

‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ was James Brown’s statement of intent as he abandoned soulful ballads in favour of a raw and frenetic new sound.

“Most of the time, working with James Brown, it would be down to the first complete cut,” recording engineer Ron Lenhoff told me when I interviewed him in 1988. “He’d say to me, ‘Ron, are you ready?’ and if I said, ‘Yes,’ he would cut it. After that, if he got all the way through it without stopping, I’d better have it on tape. I never ran into the situation where I didn’t have it on tape, but I sure as hell always worried about it.”

James Brown Portrait

Lenhoff captured many of Brown’s most iconic performances during the halcyon years when he was signed to the independent King Records label in Cincinnati, Ohio. This was founded in 1943 by one Syd Nathan, who, after initially owning a record store there, launched King as a country‑oriented label and, in 1944, based it within an old chemical plant in Cincinnati’s Evanston neighbourhood…


James Brown & The Famous Flames.
Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag
Label: King Records. Released: 1964
Producer: James Brown
Engineer: Ron Lenhoff
Studio: King Records

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Funky Worm – Ohio Players

Funky Worm PromoFunky Worm by Ohio Players.
Released on Pleasure
(Westbound, 1972)

“Never forget where you came from.” – JM

Upon its release in 1972, as part of the Ohio Players’ sophomore album, Pleasure, this ground-breaking and ultra-funky song went massive and was the first hit from Pleasure to become a platinum seller.

Ohio Pplayers PleasurePleasure, Ohio Players

Funky Worm was written and produced by Junie Morrison, who also performs the voice of Granny and the “worm sound” on synthesizer. The “worm sound” created by Morrison, has since been much imitated, sampled and repurposed by both hip-hop artists and music FX plugin creators all over the musicverse. – P.Neal.


Jump by Kris Kross

Edit: Wow! A day or so after posting this article, Dre suddenly started talking about The Funky Worm infusion in hip-hop music on his radio show, The Pharmacy. Here’s a quick sound bite:

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Dam-Funk Interviewed by LA Record

DAM-FUNK: DON’T STAY IN THE DARKNESS

dam-funk

Dam-Funk –  Invite The Light
(Album due to drop, Fri., September 4, 2015 on  Stones Throw.) 

Excerpt from interview by LA Record:
This album begins and ends with that transmission from Junie Morrison. On the first instance, it says, ‘If we invite the light, it will surely come to us. If we invite the funk, it will never let us down.’ But at the end, he adds the line: ‘Therefore, we must invite the light, in order to survive.’ That raises the stakes—is this album about life and death for you?

Dam-Funk: I appreciate you asking. In order to survive … it’s supposed to be almost like a blueprint, in the way it starts out optimistically and then goes deep into the darkness and then comes out. I’m telling you right there, in the record, that if you just free your mind of all negativity … like ‘Virtuous Progression,’ I’m saying if you get to that point that you can actually calm down the voices in your head and whatever distractions you have, to live this kind of life. Yeah, we can laugh, we can play—and also do some devious things as well, because it’s just human nature—but at the end of the day, you have to realize, ‘I still want to invite the light in my life and walk through that door.’ There’s a promo—a little 15-minute thing that I’ve done on my Instagram—and I’m walking towards a door and I open it and I walk through the door, and there’s a big light shining. That right there is summing up the record. It’s a choice. You don’t have to stay in the darkness all the time…
Read the entire article on:  LA Record

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Dam-Funk is at:  Stonesthrow.com/DAMFUNK

Seeds by BoyInSea


Seeds by BoyInSea
Created, Produced and Performed
by Junie Morrison
from Copying Atlantis

Released 02 May 2014
© 2010 JunieFunk Recordings/MicroNagual

BOYINSEA LEGENDS
SEEDING AFRADON
by Annyash B. Arrife

The seeds were a thought; the music of the universe encapsulated, and transformed into biological form. Melosos would release the seeds, bestowed upon him by his Mother, created by the Manifest peoples of his home world, Kua’reem, to breath life into this barren planet.

I think I might stay a while, he thought. This being the seventh planet that I have seeded on this distant corner of our galaxy. It was once called Afradon and so it shall be named once more.  And, I shall build upon the highest mountain a city, which will ring with laughter, prosperity and music, and all forms of creativity will be explored. My city will be a shining example to all the worlds that will grow from it, spreading along this string of pearls known as the solar system of Celestion.

With that, he reached into the zero space cavity in his chest and brought forth the seeds from between his hearts. His clawed hand open and the light of the seeds was released. They sang and shone and mixed with the turbulent winds and spun toward the heavens…

Excerpt from
BoyInSea Legends: Seeding Afradon
by Annyash B. Arriffe

Buy Seeds by BoyInSea on Bandcamp
Visit the BoyInsea website at: http://www.boyinsea.com
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Good For You by Tekadelic, Funk and The Rule of The Technomage

Tekadelic - GoodForU
Tekadelic – Good For U (2014)

 Good For U by Tekadelic
Created, Produced and Performed by Junie Morrison

I like all kinds of music. Mm-hmm, my taste is pretty wide, mostly thanks my uncle (I’ll call him “Uncle Bob” for now). Y’all know that one uncle you had as a kid, the one who had that huge collection of vinyl records that he played on a record player you weren’t allowed to touch. That thing was his pride and joy, it played 7 inches and 10 inches, 12 inches and albums. Uncle Bob had a special duster for his vinyl. Just cleaning and fussing. All this stuff about the turntable and stylus. Needle quality by grade? I tell you, I had no idea of what he was talking about, or why it mattered so much.

I realized later that he was what some people call an audiophile. Yeah, I know that might sound weird, but it just means he was enthusiastic about his records and the type of equipment he played them on. Loved ‘em. Plus, he was really knowledgeable about the artists we were listening to.

All kinds of music got played at Uncle Bob’s house, jazz, reggae, funk and soul music were his favorites, but he might throw on a little ol’ fashioned rock and roll every now and then. Depending on the day, and, of course how much he’d had to drink, his tastes would vary from Ella Fitzgerald or Duke Ellington big band stuff, through Fats Waller, Billie Holliday, Dorothy Dandridge, Jimmy Cliff, Coltrane, Miles, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Aretha, a smidge of early Motown, seasoned with some Chuck Berry or Tina Turner. I think if he’d had the chance to learn an instrument, he would’ve played in a band, probably as a drummer.

My generation though, yeah, most of my friends kept to one type of music, staying in their safe zone, already set in stone at a young age. But I learned from my uncle that it’s okay to like whatever you like, and to not let yourself get locked in a box that limits you or your taste. I liked a lot of popular music, underground stuff, venturing into techno, house, garage, grime and so on.

Raves were not really my thing, but I liked the music.
Technological. Electronic. It called to me.

I find the electronic music that Junie Morrison makes fun and interesting because it comes from some other place on the sensibility scale. More so than anything that you might get from the currently popular EDMers out there. Not to take anything away from DJs dropping mixes, or button pushers and splicers, better known as beat makers, cos those guys get some biiigazz crowds, but to me, the Junie vibe’s kinda more about combining technology and musicality than about cake-in-your-face hype.

Junie Morrison is a musician, a producer, arranger, writer, and technologist. Truly, he’s a technomage for our time. He sets his own rules. Creates his own tonal reality. He understands harmonics. For Junie, technology is simply a tool, another instrument to be mastered and bent to his will. He did this with his creation of the Funky Worm sound, using the Arp Soloist, and then with other tracks like Techno-Fréqs, etc., which had a technological feel, but were actually created, and got that real Detroit techno buzz, way before anyone had even heard of the 808.

Good For U by Tekadelic
Created, Produced and Performed by Junie Morrison
Written by Junie Morrison and  B. Sheriff
Cover Artwork by Anna B. Sheriff – Ki Shomen Project
Released January, 2014

Take Good For U by Tekadelic, for instance. I understand that this track was entirely composed on an iPad. Oh, hell yeah! But, d’you know how hard that is? I can’t stress enough just how hard it is to make something that good on an iPad! But Junie doesn’t care. He kicks total ass with gutsy keyboard synths on the leads and he’s pushing out some butt-shakin’ bass lines and drums with a cheeky funk beat and that oh so distinctive hand clap. To make it even better, man, he’s giving it up to the techno-funk gods with his throaty vocals and those live guitars riffin’ and shredding my speakers, and it’s like he does all this without breaking a sweat.

Now, see, this is the kinda thing makes Junie my favorite artist. His productions spell freedom, feeling and fun. So, y’all need to stop playin’ and get this track. Oh, and please, somebody give this man his doctorate, he’s more than earned it.

Peace.

For Junie Blogtropolis
by Anna B. Sheriff

Buy Good For U on Bandcamp
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Junie Morrison – Pretend (I Don’t Love You)


Pretend (I Don’t Love You) on Bandcamp
Written, Produced and Performed
by Junie Morrison

Sometimes you just want someone to understand how you feel. Your world has just caved in around you and you can’t breathe. Your chest is in knots, feeling like it’s filled with lead. And, each heartbeat pumps out new tears, falling hot and blistering into the empty space that was once where your love belonged.

Sometimes you just want to talk to someone about your lost romance, but you see that nobody understands, and the words won’t come. Then that song plays, and you hear it, as if for the first time. And, maybe it’s saying everything you’ve been unable to express. It talks to you. Maybe the understanding you’ve been looking for is in the music that’s playing. At first, you just listen. Then you join in, singing the words, finding your own way to heal, finding your own way back to where your smile lives.

The ballads created by Junie Morrison, have a way of affecting us this way, communicating on a personal level. Each note rings out with a longing to be acknowledged by the heart, to be felt by the soul and recognized by the mind. His melodies are unrestrained genius, his lyrics are electrifying and his arrangements masterful, revealing, perhaps, something of the real, human sensibilities behind the music.

Pretend (I Don’t Love You) written, produced and performed by Junie Morrison, draws unreservedly on deeply felt yearning. Originally created in 1995, it is a passionate combination of Soul, R&B and Country, blending heartfelt lyrics and electric guitar with rousing string accompaniments. Junie’s voice is clear and expressive, brimming with rich melodic tones.

Drawn in the summer of 2014 from Junie’s vault of previously unreleased tracks, Pretend has the impact of an intensely gorgeous classic. This song is a testament to lost love, memories and heartbreak. Pretend is also a wonderfully uplifting and ultimately satisfying song to listen to, especially when you sing along to it, real loud, country style.

For Junie Blogtropolis
by Anna B. Sheriff

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Listen to Pretend (I Don’t Love You) on Bandcamp

 

Daydreamers by The Algorithm

The Daydreamers from The Algorithm
Written Produced and Performed
by Junie Morrison

In the days before electronic downloads had reached such a frenzied state of popularity among internet users, Junie Morrison was already doing his thing; computer programming, building his online presence, developing websites, not only for himself, but also for others. He put a lot of time into creating forums to connect with his fans and making fun interactive music devices for his visitors to play with, teaching and sharing ideas, among a ton of other projects.

Meanwhile, Morrison was also making music. And, true to his nature as an innovator and creative force in the music industry, he has built an extensive and diverse catalog, having written, produced and performed projects that venture across a range of genres, including, Afrofuturist-funk tracks like, Funky Party Time, EDM in the form of Copying Atlantis, techno-funk; an early example being, Techno-Fréqs, and experimental R&B songs such as, Loving Arms, not to mention country songs like, Pretend and many more that surpass the impeccable standards of output expected from any single professional, multi-instrumentalist in the business. As such, Morrison always stays relevant, releasing many of his projects under various pseudonyms, each one crafted to suit the style being presented to his audiences.

So, this brings us to the present.

Fresh outta Junie Morrison’s vault of previously unreleased songs, all of which are jostling for position and ready to burst onto the scene, comes The Daydreamers.

Released today on Bandcamp, under the alias, The Algorithm, The Daydreamers is Morrison’s way of letting us in on the secret; that music, complete with orchestration and live vocals, is still as relevant today as it was back in 1999 when he first crafted this smooth, jazz-funk masterpiece.

The Daydreamers is an exciting listen. It’s mostly instrumental, with creamy free-flowing acoustic guitar lead lines offering a hint of latin rhythms, accompanied by atmospheric strings and clean vocals on the choruses. The exhilarating organ solo at the bridge mashes so hard it hurts, while the energetic horn section sparkles brightly, lifting your spirits to new heights.

There is no doubt that The Daydreamers by The Algorithm is a beautiful piece of music. It takes you gently by the hand and leads you through a land of yearning, love and fulfillment. It’s a romantic journey, riding on a foot-tapping groove. It doesn’t judge you, it reaches out to you, hoping to remind you that at heart, we are all daydreamers.

– Anna B. Sheriff

More from Junie Morrison:

When The City (Album) on iTunes
Stick It In (Redux) on Bandcamp
Love Has Taken Me Over (Reloaded) on Bandcamp
Don’t Fall Fast on Bandcamp

MicroNagual – Space Wars On The Dance Floor

MICRONAGUAL

Space Wars On The Dance Floor
by MicroNagual (JunieFunk Recordings)
Wes Boatman and Junie Morrison

Sneak preview of the new single “Space Wars On The Dance Floor” from the album, “Vibrate You” by MicroNagual. Written by Wes Boatman and Junie Morrison. Produced by Junie Morrison.

This track is hungry, lean techno-funk, with the purpose of returning to the bare boney roots of electronic dance music.

Buy Space Wars On The Dance Floor on Bandcamp

– Anna B. Sheriff