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The music of Keats Collective: future funk / glo-fi / spacebop
September 4, 2013 2:17 PM   Subscribe

Dear music lover and inquisitive individual, have you wondered what the funk of the future might sound like? You have (not)? Well, you're in luck! The good people at Keats//Collective show you a glimpse of what could possibly be future funk, available in a handful of solo albums and four compilations of what they classify as electronic / chillwave / disco / future funk / glo-fi / spacebop. But you really should stop reading and just take a listen to ...

Four compilations:
July 2012: Keats//Collective Vol. 1 - 17 tracks
Oct 2012: Keats//Collective Vol. 2 - 25 tracks
March 2013: Keats//Collective Vol. 3 - 25 tracks
July 2013: Choice Cuts - 10 tracks

The albums and EPs:

Aug. 2012: Occasion EP by Box of Wolves, 4 tracks in a synth-pop/electro style
Aug. 2012: Basement Instinct by Black Jordan, 24 tracks with a more downtempo hip-hop vibe
Sept. 2012: Kevbotics by KEV//BOT, "an excellent example of the marriage between future funk and hip hop, with a tasteful touch of french house" - 8 tracks
Sept. 2012: The Looks by Dinosaur Rex is 9 tracks of disco built from samples from b-list 80s songs
Oct. 2012: cliffside by imprintafter features 6 tracks of sample-heavy chillwave
Oct. 2012: Crowns EP by Crowns is 8 hard-to-define tracks, so I'll go with modern hazy, Baelric beats
Nov. 2012: Kolors by Flamingosis is only 9 tracks long, but Keats calls it "a perfectly-executed jazz-hop record"
Feb. 2013: 1514 by KEV//BOT is 10-song funk-inspired hip-hop album; also available as an easy-access free album (no email required, just a link to download the ZIP)
May 2013: Hit Vibes by Saint Pepsi is a crazy upbeat mix of funky retro disco; the artist first found fame for a pretty thorough remix of Carly Rae Jepson's "Call Me Maybe"
April 2013: Desire by Spazzkid is an 8-song album, for which Spazzkid looked to Bibio's 2011 album, "Mind Bokeh" an inspiration in terms of eclecticism
June 2013: Love Loops by Fl∆ming❍sis x F L A N D Y is split release of 20 tracks, bouncing back and forth between the artists

If you're looking for more of that jazzy boom bap, Keats Collective were kind enough to point out more beat-driven beauty on Bandcamp by HΛRRISON.
posted by filthy light thief (16 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
I've never been able to determine the genre name for my favorite "doing stuff around the house tunes". And now I know. Thank you! (And for all the links. There goes my fun money for the month.)
posted by Mizu at 2:29 PM on September 4, 2013 [2 favorites]


There goes my fun money for the month

I'll take this moment to point out that these are all on Bandcamp, and each release is $0.50. Not quite free, but less than $10 if you wanted to buy them all, or you can just stream them over and over.

Also, I really hate to say this, but the Call Me Maybe remix is really quite good. I subjected y'all to the original song, but this remix stretches the original song, doubling the length and dropping the pitch of the vocals, and creating a whole new instrumental track around those distorted vocals.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:39 PM on September 4, 2013


Oh wow. Suddenly staying late at work tonight just got a lot less unappealing.
posted by ropeladder at 2:54 PM on September 4, 2013


Where do you get all the music? This is great.
posted by vogon_poet at 3:00 PM on September 4, 2013


Oh you know, here and there. Word of mouth, little birds, etc. Though they generally don't get this weird, freebie stuff, Dusted Magazine's college radio charts are pretty swell, tracking the top 40 albums for the week, with an archive going back to 2002.
posted by filthy light thief at 3:12 PM on September 4, 2013


Thank you for this. Favorited.
posted by hellphish at 3:30 PM on September 4, 2013


Not quite free, but less than $10 if you wanted to buy them all

Ah, but you see, now that you have armed me with the correct search terms, this will lead me to all those things that cost more than $10 that I couldn't find before. And damn my desire to pay for the art I enjoy! Damn it all to hell!

I need to listen to more spacebop to calm down.
posted by Mizu at 4:46 PM on September 4, 2013


COMPRESSION! COMPRession. Cmprsn.cmsn cn
posted by DonnyMac at 4:46 PM on September 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


You had me at "funk".
posted by the painkiller at 6:01 PM on September 4, 2013


Gonna spend a while checking this all out. Thanks!
posted by gucci mane at 6:26 PM on September 4, 2013


And thanks, by the way.
posted by DonnyMac at 8:10 PM on September 4, 2013


Mizu: Ah, but you see, now that you have armed me with the correct search terms, this will lead me to all those things that cost more than $10 that I couldn't find before.

I probably shouldn't point out the tags at the bottom of each Bandcamp release page, because that's another rabbit hole of music discovery. WARNING: not everything will be good. In fact, many things will be bad, but you now have a new hobby: find the gems in the dreck!
posted by filthy light thief at 8:37 PM on September 4, 2013


Very nice collection of links. Thanks FLT!
posted by Our Ship Of The Imagination! at 9:45 PM on September 4, 2013


This is so steez, my god.
posted by Taft at 9:50 PM on September 4, 2013


Keats Collective is definitely in the Nu-disco / Indie Dance genre, which has exploded over the last two years.

After cruising through the collections, I'm prepared to state that it's well curated for my taste. They're takin' my damn money!

For those people that really are digging this kind of sound, I would encourage a music Search for 'Nu-disco' on Soundcloud.
posted by djdrue at 10:42 AM on September 5, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ooh, good call, djdrue. With those genre tags in mind, I tagged this post, and back-tagged my Pompeya post, making a grand total of 2 indie-dance/nu-disco posts on MetaFilter.
posted by filthy light thief at 8:10 AM on September 6, 2013


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