Within the history of African-American music, George Clinton, Parliament and Funkadelic loom large. P-Funk influenced many corners of dance music over the years, but the psychedelic mythology of Dr. Funkenstein, Starchild, Sir Nose d'Voidoffunk and the rest has a special resonance in Detroit. When The Electrifying Mojo was educating the Motor City via the airwaves with his show, the Midnight Funk Association, Parliament and Funkadelic were key ingredients in his soulful stew, helping to shape the cosmically-minded delivery of the music.
In 1968, Detroit's Westbound Records signed Funkadelic, a band led by George Clinton and whose sound blended funk and psychedelic rock; their afro-futurist aesthetic influenced the next generation of Detroit innovation, the techno of the mid '80s, and many more. Now, label Westbound has now gathered a host of modern Detroit artists to revisit classic material from Funkadelic's more experimental and psychedelic period in the early-to-mid '70s, and the resulting compilation is a reminder of the band's lasting vitality.
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Funkadelic Remixed By Detroiters is a fairly self-explanatory title - getting new generation Detroit musicians to remix some of the classic hits of George Clinton's other, weirder band Funkadelic. It's a good album. There is a lot to work with. The final BMG Dub mix of 'Maggot Brain' captures the complexity of the textures and the patient instrumental sections - though it could have taken it further into a kind of hypnotic dub state to differentiate it more from the original.