1. Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues
Makes us wanna holler, throw up both our hands.
2. James Brown – Mother Popcorn
Got to have a mother for me. This is all about Maceo’s sax solo, but worth noting also that this is the moment
where James Brown’s funk got rhythmically next level. Jump off.
3. De La Soul – A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturday
We don’t know what is greater, the title of this song which somehow just makes us break out in a smile all day,
or the tune itself. A perfect weekend summed up in rap. Wear your roller-skates today.
4. Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage
Lakeside had the funk in spades, but perhaps never more than on this self-produced journey to the land of funk itself.
Come along and ride.
5. Outkast – Elevators
Epic. Just epic. Damn, Outkast are deeper than an elevator to hell.
6. Parliament – I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)
Bones, Thugs-n-Harmony and Eazy used this to amazing effect on “Foe Tha Love of $” but the original and best
is all about the sex. Voyeuristic filth that only the p-funk can bring.
7. Public Enemy – Burn Hollywood Burn
Set the centre of LA to flames. That’s one way to fight the power. The other is to combine Chuck D, Ice Cube and
Kane on a fiery track of startling force and see what that ignites. Huge.
8. Roy Ayers – The Third Eye
Roy Ayers and the Ubiquity were aiming more at dancefloors with 1976 LP “The Third Eye” and yet they still managed
to slide in their trademark liquid grooves. Total electric relaxation.
9. Snoop Dogg – Tha Shiznit
The Lexus flexes from Long Beach to Texas. Snoop breaks it down on this classic debut track and invents a new
word in the process, while bringing some of his finest flows to bear on this Dre beat of brilliance. G’s up hoes down.
10. Jackson 5 – Goin' Back To Indiana
There is something about early Jackson 5 songs that brings an effervescence and joy that is just hard to describe,
and none more so that this ode to their home town. Makes you want to visit.
11. Omar – There's Nothing Like This
We must have heard this track a million times, and yet as soon as the mellow intro hits it is guaranteed to raise
a smile. There really is nothing like this from Britain’s number one soul man.
12. The Crusaders – Free As The Wind
The Crusaders are criminally over-looked by many, apart from their huge “Street Life” hit. But delve deeper into their
soul-jazz catalogue and there are massive gems at every turn. Is the guitar/horn combination on here even natural?
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.