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Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000
     

Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000

by The Brand New Heavies
 
Techno's influence on pop is so pervasive it's easy to forget the impact of the '90s jazz-funk movement that kicked off simultaneously in the U.K., spearheaded by the Brand New Heavies. Taking inspiration from artists such as the Blackbyrds, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Stevie

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Techno's influence on pop is so pervasive it's easy to forget the impact of the '90s jazz-funk movement that kicked off simultaneously in the U.K., spearheaded by the Brand New Heavies. Taking inspiration from artists such as the Blackbyrds, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Stevie Wonder, the band's instrumental core laid down sinewy grooves punctuated with brass and funky bass. But it was the integration of U.S. vocalist N'Dea Davenport that helped the group score their biggest hits, "Never Stop" and "Dream on Dreamer." This anthology emphasizes cuts from the two albums Davenport sang on and adds a new collaboration, "Finish What You Started," that's more smoke than fire. Eschewing obvious chart bids from 1997's shiny misfire Shelter in favor of bedrock jams such as "Put the Funk Back in It" and hip-hop pairings with the likes of Mos Def and the Pharcyde, Trunk Funk Classics paints a more flattering portrait of the band than a by-the-numbers best-of collection would.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
Trunk Funk Classics: 1991-2000 is the first Brand New Heavies best-of available domestically in the U.S. Not to be confused with the similarly titled British release Trunk Funk: Best of the Brand New Heavies, the American version doesn't feature all of the group's U.K. chart singles ("Midnight at the Oasis" and "You Are the Universe" are missing), but it does give more airtime to the Heavies' collaborations with American rappers, including Main Source, the Pharcyde, Mos Def, and Q-Tip. There's also a newly recorded track, "Finish What You Started," which temporarily reunites the group with longtime vocalist N'Dea Davenport; wisely, it's also the 1991-1994 Davenport era that's most heavily drawn upon for the collection. It may not be entirely comprehensive, but Trunk Funk Classics does cover the essence of the Brand New Heavies, and just as importantly, it's a consistently infectious listen.

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Release Date:
11/07/2000
Label:
Delicious Vinyl
UPC:
0081227999223
catalogNumber:
79992
Rank:
17613

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