Drop the Bomb on Debt! Funk It!


Today, I present the scorching studio debut LP of Trouble Funk, purveyors of some of the finest Go-Go music, which is a style of funk originating out of Washington, D.C.  With an emphasis on party rapping, call and response vocals, and an emphasis on  G0-Go shares a lot in common with electro/early hip hop.  In fact, Trouble Funk had connections to that scene, working with Kurtis Blow and being a member of the Sugarhill Records label.  I love the fat percussive groove of Go-Go.  It is certainly not music to put on right before going to bed, but one doesn’t put on a delta wave soundtrack before going to party.  And speaking of partying, it is time to roll out.  I’ll drop my favorites off this track later.  It was too big to upload all at once, so the last song makes up the entirety of part 2.  Enjoy.




Here is the album tracklisting:

1. Hey Fellas (Fisher/Nixon/Reed)
2. Get on Up (Nixon/Reed)
3. Let’s Get Hot (Nixon/Reed)
4. Drop the Bomb (Avery/David/Davis/Fisher/Nixon/Reed)
5. Pump Me Up (Fisher/Nixon/Reed)
6. Don’t Try to Use Me (Fisher/Reed)
7. Supergrit (Fisher/Nixon/Reed)
8. Hey Fellas (Fisher/Nixon/Reed)

“Hey Fellas” opens the album with Go-Go energy, provided by the simple, but effective drum groove.  All the other stereotypical aspects of Go-Go are present on “Hey Fellas,” including call and response MC shout-outs and directions, and counter rhythms provided by guitar, synthesizers and horns.  Lyrically the song is fluff, but as I stated before Go-Go is about bustin’ loose and having a good time.  This album also included the 12″ inch short-version of “Hey Fellas.”

The instrumental breakdown on “Get On Up” is real funky.  The Go-Go sound can get a little tiring after a while, but “Get On Up” is funky fresh with a splash of clavinet.

“Let’s Get Hot” starts with some fat, rolling synth reminiscent of P-Funk.  I am a big fan of the chrous due the synth work.  The horns aren’t as punchy on this one, but “Let’s Get Hot” is another dance floor burner.

Trouble Funk comes with another strong cut when they “Drop the Bomb,” which has a real nice build and impressive synth and rhythm guitar.

“Pump Me Up” is another famous Trouble Funk song.  The “Pump Me Up” has been sampled numerous times.  Much more of a rap track than other cuts, which use the party MC call-and-response technique, “Pump Me Up” has actual verses.  One of the voices reminds me of Marvin Martian.  The groove of “Pump Me Up” is more infectious than an elementary school.

Slowing it down for some pillow talk on “Don’t Try To Use Me,” Trouble Funk displaying the soulful side of their sound.

“Supergrit” opens with a humorous, and very familiar, riff that ends with some New Orleans-inflected horns.  The Go-Go percussion is toned down again, although not too much like “Don’t Try To Use Me.”  More complex sounding than the other songs, “Supergrit” incorporates many pop culture melodies, such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” as it works its’ way to the end.  Punchy horns work accentuate the mix, which heavily showcases the synthesizer.  Hitting some jazzy pockets, there are times on “Supergrit” where Trouble Funk’s Go-Go sounds very Afrobeatish.


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