Hong Kong Beat music set for Earth Day – Side 2 ‘Hope’

While curating this playlist, two things occurred to me: first, there is much to celebrate about the Earth but there are few modern songs that do that; and second, maybe the reason for that, awareness in the minds of many artists wanting to sound warnings about what we are doing to create a precarious future.

There is a third as well, and that was the difficulty in choosing so few songs for a meaningful set, so I’ve made two ‘sides’. The first highlights how we are abusing the Earth and jeopardising our long term survival, the second celebrates the wonders of the Earth and how we should perhaps treasure them, as well as some songs of perhaps forlorn hope.

Side 2 brings songs that celebrate the wonders of the Earth, or a message of hope. One song raises what some see as a way out of trouble – extra-terrestrial salvation, but the following suggests that any visitors from other planets might see what we have done and decide that we aren’t worth it. We have to fix this ourselves.

Hong Kong Beat raising awareness on Earth Day – Side 1 ‘Awareness’

While curating this playlist, two things occurred to me: first, there is much to celebrate about the Earth but there are few modern songs that do that; and second, maybe the reason for that, awareness in the minds of many artists wanting to sound warnings about what we are doing to create a precarious future.

There is a third as well, and that was the difficulty in choosing so few songs for a meaningful set, so I’ve made two ‘sides’ – the first highlights how we are abusing the Earth and jeopardising our long term survival, the second celebrates the wonders of the Earth and how we should perhaps treasure them, as well as some songs of perhaps forlorn hope.

The biggest thing to take away from side 1 is that most of these songs are classics in the pop, rock or R&B genres, but are around 40-50 years old! The message is that we have not been listening for a long time now and, to quote Marvin Gaye in 1971 “How much more abuse from man can she stand?”

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco grabs some old skool funk for Funky Friday

Going back to the funky vinyl days and grabbing a few tunes from the front of the ‘sorted by artist’ crate.

Funky Friday brought to you by the letters A and B πŸ™‚

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco is firmly in the groove with 70s and 80s jazz funk

Last week’s offering of jazz funk looked across the decades from back in the 70s up until today.

This week for Funky Friday, Hong Kong Beat mobile disco is firmly back in the groove with the 70s and 80s masters of jazz funk, with one particularly funky surprise inclusion!

Blow that horn.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco gets happy with funk and soul on this overcast Monday

Monday Moods takes the gloomy overcast morning head on with a selection of funky, jazzy and soulful tunes about joy and happiness.

And without having to play ‘that’ song πŸ™‚

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco gets beardy with some jazz funk, for Funky Friday

Funky Friday gets a beard this week with an hour long segment of just 10 jazz funk tracks – they certainly know how to blow those horns.

mmm, jazz… Nice πŸ™‚

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco plays that funky music for Funky Friday, white boys!

The first time I dropped Bowie’s ‘fame’ at my Saturday funk and soul residency in 1975, two things happened. First, a steady stream of people asking who the new killer track was by. Second, a stream of disbelieving people heading back to the dance floor thinking I was jiving them πŸ™‚

As this was a few months before Wild Cherry laid down their famous meme for funky white boys everywhere, this was truly a shock to a lot of my funk fans, but still they danced. There’s no keeping feet still to good music.

And these were not just copying black musicians, among the blue-eyed soul and funky white boys are ones who’ve shaped R&B music, such as Rod Temperton of Heatwave who wrote major hits for Michael Jackson, Rock With You, Off The Wall and Thriller, all from one of the landmark R&B albums of all times.

So, for Funky Friday this week, Hong Kong Beat presents a few tracks by funky white boys – and girls – that, you know, make it funky.

Contemporary soul sisters join with Hong Kong Beat mobile disco to bring the funk to Funky Friday

While urban music has moved into many streams over the years: new jack swing, hip hop and rap, and their many off-shoots, sub genres and variations, the underlying funky groove still rises to the surface even in the latest charts through R&B as well as cross-over artists.

Having been looking at traditional 60s/70s/80s funky bands, brothers and sisters in previous weeks, this week Hong Kong Beat explores contemporary funk by soul sisters from the past 20 years or so.

With so many great tracks and voices to choose from, this week is a slightly extended Funky Friday.

Ain’t it funky now?

Artwork: http://lilblueyes52.deviantart.com/art/funky-lady-3886273

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco brings back the beat with funky soul sisters this Funky Friday

Continuing the theme of funky music that I used to play in my residencies during the 70s, this week it’s the turn of the funky soul sisters to grab some dance floor attention.

Hong Kong Beat mobile disco digs out some rarities from funky bands for Funky Friday

Last week’s offering of funky bands left out so many good tracks from the 70s that were never far from the turntables in my residency, not so well known, but real shufflers and steppers with a groove, that I had to have a funky bands part 2 for this week’s Funky Friday.