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Title: SuperFunk 77
Post by: cowparsleyman on May 20, 2019, 12:45:01 PM
This is the most fun I've had in years... 8)

I just wanted to say a musical thanks to all those Artists and Producers that made me put me pint down and got me looking like a maniac on the Dance Floor.

It's part of my Genre Jumping Suite.


Hope you dig.

All comments welcome.
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: SlavaB on May 20, 2019, 12:53:33 PM
Hi Cowparesleyman,

This is great funk song. Love it! Especially bass guitar... mmm  sweet!

Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards,
Slava B.
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: pompeyjazz on May 20, 2019, 01:06:02 PM
Fabulous stuff @cowparsleyman (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=21308) you funky chicken. You've really nailed the genre. Got all the instruments spot on as well. I love the George Benson skat as well. Love that bass sound, real or midi or both ? Fabulous listen
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: cowparsleyman on May 20, 2019, 02:21:41 PM
@pompeyjazz (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20269) - Thanks for the kind words...PJ I always try and play everything using real instruments where I can, the regular bassline is a Yamaha rbx350 with Precision Jazz pups played all the way through, the slap walking bass was a Yamaha trb4, with Amplitude 4 SVX - a Soundtoys Microshift, a Waves Fairchild 670, and an Elysia museq mix EQ.

(From memory...) For completeness the Rhodes is a Lounge Lizard VST, the Drums were BFD3 (Sorry my drumming just ain't as tight as it should be), Funky Guitar is a Custom Strat through Amplitude 4 - Fender Twin Reverb 65, Perc, strings and brass are MAGIX independence Pro. The George Benson thing is a Yamaha SG1000 mic'd to a Palmer fat 50 combo.

Master buss is bx Townhouse Compressor, Limiter Waves L3 - LL Multimaximiser, no EQ.

Again the toughest thing to get right was the bass EQ and compression, it's always a blimmin dog to get right.

Cluck Cluck

@SlavaB (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=19895) - Cheers man, I've always been a bit of a fan of Abe Laboriel...Glad you like it.




Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: tboswell on May 20, 2019, 04:09:00 PM
Really delivers on the funky title, the bass and guitars are really working.
Got a cracking guitar sound too. Gotta look again at Amplitude.

Totally enjoyed it, keep hopping across those genres!
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: shadowfax on May 20, 2019, 05:04:16 PM
Not my kinda music but you certainly got it right my friend... :)
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Skub on May 20, 2019, 05:50:45 PM
Yo CPM.

Man that bass tone is lurverly. Nifty playing too.

Kinda chilled funk and very cool track.
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: PaulyX on May 22, 2019, 09:37:56 PM
Hey, this is great CPM!  Bootsy Collins / Parliament / Funkadellic eat your heart out.  Really authentic sound you've captured here, right down to the details like the slight drawl on the vocal delivery.  Of course, that big fat bassline is the absolute star.  Made me sprout an affro just listening to it.  Niiiiice work, you funky devil.
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: redrhodie on May 23, 2019, 12:54:29 PM
Haha, the lyrics are awesome. Brings me back to the roller disco. Really fun one, CPM.
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Movin Flavour on May 25, 2019, 01:54:46 PM
Hi CPM,

A Funkilicious tune, I'm funking down the street back to the 70s

Top song

Sandeep
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Paulski on May 25, 2019, 11:29:42 PM
Now that got me chillin' It was far out groovy and way good too.
Funky as all get-out. I remember bands doing this stuff all night - like 8 peice bands coming up to the cold country from Detroit and the like.
Hehe - you nailed it CP man  ;D

Paul
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Bankie on May 26, 2019, 02:32:28 PM
Worth a listen just for that bass. Everything else is tidy and well produced, but my God, that bass.
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Rightly on May 26, 2019, 10:08:32 PM
Yes, very tidy piece of work.
Seemingly effortless.
Well done! 
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Cawproductions on May 28, 2019, 12:47:34 PM
Hi CPM,

Pull up to the bumper baby, this takes me back,

That bassline is sick. If you played that then my hat is truly taken off to you sir.

Great funk feel,
Production wise, IMHO, a bit more sizzle on the lead vocal to help it cut through a little more, Oh and its Tight AF. But sounding really nice here.

Nice work dude.
Good listen.
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: macker71165 on May 28, 2019, 12:55:32 PM
Top tune man!   Nice playing
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: cowparsleyman on May 28, 2019, 03:17:48 PM
Many thanks to all those that took the time to listen and comment...The inspiration for this was partly seeing Bernard Edwards play 'Good Times' on the TV and also SuperMax's lead Singer...see below...

@macker71165 (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20758) - Thanks man, sometimes that super tight guitar takes a lot of concentration, appreciate that you noticed.

@Cawproductions (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20938) - Cheers for the listen and the critique, yeah I played it, took quite a few takes to get it that tight, but really it played itself, once the groove was there. I couldn't decide on the sound of the un processed bass sound. I would really recommend that the guitar and bass are played all the way through an not looped (you get so many 'human' touches, string slides, out of timeness etc., with a minimum of backing tracks to keep one's focus.)

I wanted a lofi unsizzly LVox, I had this idea in my mind that this kind of thing was always a bit blurred on my oldest sisters transistor radio. I will take another look at the prod on the track...That vocal take was a riot actually, I've never done anything like that before so I didn't know how to approach it, so I closed mic'd it with hardly any volume, smiling all the time...part of the reason for the lyrics was that I felt such a fool singing like that.

@Rightly (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20219) - Thats very kind.

@Bankie (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=21332) - Thanks Man, glad it did it for you...Those funk bands of the '70's wouldn't be seen dead with a dented purple sparkle Yamaha rbx350 (with a n XLR screwed in the front)! so I'm glad I could fake a precision bass. Phew!

@Paulski (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=19241) - Cheers Man - I bet you still have a pair flares that fit....

@Movin Flavour (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20528) - Well well, Seem to have hit the vibe, glad you dig man.

@redrhodie (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=21171) - I wouldn't go as far as that, awesome! well they were actually a guide vocal, but made me laugh so much I decided to keep 'em, and the image of me trying to dance at a funky disco just made me hoot, I never went to a roller disco, I probably would have ended up in hospital...It was a real laugh, lots of boogying around under the cans, ironically making myself look like a fool.

@PaulyX (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=21034) - I was really pleased with your comment about the vocal delivery, as I did take care in trying to get this right, even though it was a tongue-in-cheek effort...There's a song called 'World of Today' sung by a band called Super Max, I always thought lead singer was as black as your hat, but it turns out he's a blond haired Austrian, so I thought, Yip, maybe I can get away with it too. (btw...that's part of the reason it's called SuperFunk...a nod to him..Hans or Kurt or whatever his name is)

@Skub (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20061) - Pleased you liked it, and my fingerboard antics...

@shadowfax (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20024) - Appreciate you took the time, even though it ain't your thang man.

@tboswell (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=20223) - Thanks, Which guitar bit are you referring to? Amplitude is pretty good for most sounds, especially Fender and Mesa Boogie...

better go and put the bumper back on...next one in my Genre Jumping suite is Trance...Wish me luck folk...duff dufff dufff


Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: cowparsleyman on June 11, 2019, 11:22:46 AM
Thanks again for all those that listened and commented, inspired by @Jambrains (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=19875) and his recent Album and a few others here....

I just wanted to let you know that SuperFunk77 is now available as a 7" Single, (one that has 2 labels glued to it, remember those?, I want to keep the nostalgia going) , my first.

Apparently it's available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and a load of others that I've never even heard of.

I'll be releasing 'Genre Jumping' as an album, when I've stopped jumping. Until then I'll be releasing the odd single.

Wish me luck...

(and apologies if it seemed I 'bombed' the thread..maybe I should have posted this somewhere else in the forum... Admins ...Please feel free to move it elsewhere)
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: montydog on June 11, 2019, 02:41:26 PM
Hi,

This is so not my thing at all and I normally avoid it like the plague but I can hear that this has the required credentials to qualify as groooooovy. Vocals very Sly Stone influenced in a clever way (how much coke did you have to snort to get that effect?).

Great playing and production with some clever winks to the past.

M
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: cowparsleyman on June 11, 2019, 04:35:39 PM
@montydog (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=18653) - Oh Monty you old Dog you...so good of you to listen and review something you try to avoid,  was it Michael Gove guesting on lead vocals? Maybe..

Never had a drug in my life except music and love of course...the voice was just me trying to sound like that, which i suspect JK does.

What is your bag, so i can it to my genre list..

Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: jacksimmons on June 12, 2019, 03:14:39 PM
I love this. Your production is stellar as always. That bass sound is great. This has made me want to learn bass guitar!

I am listening in my head phones currently and it sounds to me like the lead vocals could come up in the mix. Because the verses are quite smooth and understated with the vocal delivery I am struggling to understand the lyrics. The same is true with the chorus, that falsetto tracking would really pop if everything was louder.

The Nile Rodgers-esque electric guitars are infectious .
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: cowparsleyman on June 13, 2019, 07:47:56 AM
@jacksimmons (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=18881) - Thanks Jack, you young boogie meister...Good luck learning the bass, my only tip for playing bass is really concentrate on keeping spot on time, if you ever play live ensure you and the drummer breath as one, oh yes ...another tip would be to have a couple of drumming lessons, and ask your teacher how close you are to hitting the beat...

About the LVox, @cawproductions also mentioned this, I wanted it to be a bit growly and lo-fi in the mix, with regards the level of the BVox is also a little low, partly because I really wanted a female vocalist to sing those, and I didn't want to overly expose my timbre of my voice, they would have come up a couple of dB if a female would have sung it. The other reason was that finding the level for the George Benson vocal/Gtr section was a little tricky and I keyed them to the BVox/Bass/Drums, overall I was happy enough, but I agree they could have come up more.

The lyrics are disposable, believe me jack, they were designed for how they sound rather than the meaning, I was making fun of my dancing/singing abilities.

Thanks too for the compliment re: the production.

I might do a remix of it later in the year.

Rich
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: dinnerwithgreedo on June 20, 2019, 12:25:59 AM
Oh funk yeah!!!
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Girlinside on June 25, 2019, 08:11:44 AM
Oh yeah man dig that groove - my hips love this can’t add add anything that anything that hasn’t been said before but really really love it so professional great feel about it will add it to my play list x
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Viscount Cramer & His Orchestra on June 25, 2019, 04:22:34 PM
Meant to comment ages ago but…..

Bet you look a real treat dancing to this in your genre jumpsuit.

Stunning bass...really special, then that electric piano...YEAH!...then of course...that Chic guitar....lovely...all the ingredients. Love the horns and the backing vox too!

Great moving groove and it all sounds so GOOD!

Got a bit of everything here...whistles..George Benson skat....yeah and Sly Stone. Sly is cool!!

Supercool superfunk Mr Cowparsleyman. Very impressed with the sound of this one.

Not to be avoided!
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: Jambrains on July 01, 2019, 07:29:57 AM
Genre jumping indeed! :-) Bass is great but the rest is fab as well. Not a genre I'm very familiar with but to these ears it sounds like the real deal. And the infamous cow bell as well, not very often you hear them these days! :-) Solid work man!
Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: cowparsleyman on July 14, 2019, 07:41:00 PM
Thanks everyone for taking the time to listen, always grateful fot that...

@dinnerwithgreedo (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=6829) - I said Yeah! all the Ladies in the house say Yeah!

@Girlinside (http://www.songwriterforum.co.uk/index.php?action=profile;u=22372) - Glad your hips like it, maybe your pips and tips love it too, baby  get on down in the Golden Fleece ...

@Viscount Cramer & His Orchestra - thanks Your Highness, too kind, glad you dig, I've been looking for somewhere I could use the Benson skat, found it at last...

@jambrains - Cheers Man, (love your stuff btw, always did - best wishes for the Album) - maybe its a Cowparsley bell? I put that bit in near the end without the bass as I remember that was th the ink in the late 70's that made folk strut their special funky stuff, David Hammond was a brilliant ancer and I could only watch as he tumbled and twirled his way to local dance fame...His sister ended up as a backing vocalist in our band, she was real cool... full afro and bright red lisptick, such a pearl and a great singer.

This track and On the Slow Glide are now out as Singles in all the usual places, haven't sold any yet, don't really expect to, as Spotify have 20,000 new songs per day!

If I sell 1 I'll be very happy and buy 1 pint of milk with it.

Title: Re: SuperFunk 77
Post by: crystalsuzy on July 16, 2019, 12:37:48 AM
I'm glad this one resurfaced. :) I thought I'd commented when it first came out, but I obviously didn't. :-[ Anyway, I totally love it and you must have had a lot of fun putting it together...good times indeed :) It's got a little bit of everything in there...love the little scat around 3:09.
Great bass driving it along. Great job and very well produced Rich :)