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01 The Meateaters – Meateater
We know nothing about the Meateaters, but know that anything from their label Big Cheese is generally worth listening to, and so it is with this vibed space age funk.
 
02 Herbie Hancock – Watermelon Man
Herbie Hancock is one fo the most diverse artists to have created music oer the past 60 years, from funk to soul to electro to his ever present jazz work. But this is perhaps his signature tune. Crazy flute too.
 
03 Mongo Santamaria – Watermelon Man
Cuban percussionist Ramon ‘Mongo’ Santamaria created his take on Herbie Hancock’s classic in 1963, and threated to top the master himself with this infectious Latin take.
 
04 Blue Six – Music & Wine (Th' Attaboy Vocal)
Call it modern urban soul, call it house, call it stripped down mellow electronica. We just call Blue Six music electric relaxation.
 
05 Monsieur Leroc – Macaroni Cheese Sandwich
Confusingly Monsieur leroc is from Germany not France, but makes music from Brooklyn, NY. What’s not confusing is his pointedly danceable funk workout, built improbably around a love for a Macaroni Cheese Sandwich. Sounds heavy.
 
06 The Upsetters – Popcorn
Dub legend Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry and his studio band The Upsetters prove that they have their own musical chops and funk to spare, with a skanking take on James Brown’s original.
 
07 James Brown – Mother Popcorn
If you’re looking for a moment when the Godfather of Soul became the Father of Funk, this tune is it. Got to have a mother for me. Frenetic brilliance. And Maceo’s solo is too good for words.
 
08 A Tribe Called Quest – Ham 'N' Eggs
Built around the rhythm section from Freda Payne’s 1973 Invictus release ‘We’ve Gotta Find A Way back To Love’, the Tribe provide early evidence of their esoteric brilliance.
 
09 Buckshot and 9th Wonder – Food For Thought
We love 9th Wonder's collaboration albums and his ability to craft whole pieces tailored to a rhyme partner. And here Buckshot steps up with a reminder of his own claims to greatness.
 
10 Common feat Kanye West – The Food
Chi-town’s finest partnership, from the brilliant ‘Be’ collaboration. Everybody gotta eat right?
 
11 Warren Lee – Funky Belly
New Orleans hot property dropped this proto funk jam in 1967. Criminally over-looked he continued to blast dirty, scratchy funk for some years after that too, mentored by none other than legend Allen Toussaint
 
12 Hank Crawford – Sugar Free

No need for added sweetener on this beautiful slice of driving funky jazz from Ray Charles’ former musical director and sax legend. From 1975’s ‘I Hear A Symphony’, a startlingly good record.
 

Good music is the driving force behind everything we do here at Twelve Bar.
 

That’s why we’ve been digging through the Twelve Bar vaults to pull out our favorite tunes for your browsing and
listening pleasure, and keeping our ears to the ground for what is fresh now and in the future. And then we’re putting
them altogether into a delicious musical gumbo and serving you a fresh bowlful of twelve select tracks every week.

 

 

 
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