In an a era where so much music seems overly mechanical Funk45.com
and Galactic Fractures
are terrific reminders that danceablity can be warm and loose and that human-powered music is the funkiest. These sites have what every good music site should have, encyclopedaic knowledge, detailed info, and truckloads of audio that makes you wanna find a good record store and hunt down the 45's yourself. And it's all presented in a way that encourages you to dig deeper. The song You Got Me Mama
by Hayes Ware is a favorite, but there's plenty of great stuff. requires RealAudio
Put a glide in your stride and dip in yo' hip and step on board the Mothership
*. Finally, a comprehensive site for one of the most influential musical agglomerations of the last 30 years. All hip-hop, and most modern R&B and Rock would be unimaginable without these guys. More Cyberbetabuckdown here
if that wasn't enough, plus a great essay by Scot Hacker here
. Like the man says "Uncle Jam Wants You!"
*Flash site. Let the intro finish, then comes the good stuff.