The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 6

A 19 track funk album (1h 13m 26s) — released November 30th 2018 on Freestyle Records

Since the very first edition of my Funk & Soul Club compilations was released back in 2012, I've continued my mission to spread the sound of mighty good grooves right around the world, not just via my radio shows on 6Music and BBC Radio 2, and my live DJ-ing to funk hungry punters in places as far apart as Aberdeen and Australia. The music continues to grow, expand and spread the message that no matter if it's classic or brand spanking new, quality funky, soulful, jazzy, latin or bluesy sounds, people of every age, of every shade, from all over the planet cannot get enough of the real deal!

If I say so myself, this 6th volume of The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club may just be the best yet, featuring seventeen cool contemporary cuts, and two absolute solid gold, classic rare groove monsters that have proven to be evergreen dance floor destroyers for 4 decades!

The first classic rare groove will be familiar as it's been sampled many times since it's release in 1978 - The Mighty Ryeders 'Evil Vibrations, as well as being a dance floor perennial in it's own right, also formed the basis of De La Soul's 'A Roller Skating Jam Named 'Saturday's - and it an honour to have it in this collection....what a tune!

The second rare groove classic selection comes from another British musical giant - keyboard hero Brian Auger and his Oblivion Express and features the elastic vocal chords of Alex Ligertwood. Foolish Girl is taken from Brian's 1975 album 'Reinforcements' and to me it sounds like the Average White Band but with Jimmy Smith guesting on keyboards - it's sunshine dappled, groovy jazz-funk with all it's lovely bits hanging out.

Stir those 2 classics into a mix that includes Eddie Robert's Matador! Soul Sounds, Smoove and Turrell feat Izo FitzRoy, Courtney Pine with special guest Omar, Gizelle Smith, The Get Up's funkified version of Deep Purple's Hush, Michelle David and The Gospel Sessions, Kizzy Crawford, mambo madness courtesy of Daptone Records Orquesta Akokan, The Lewis Express and The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio and that nicely rounds off another Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club extravaganza, I hope it keeps you boogieing, and grooving until the next one.. the only thing for me to say now is.. of course.. Awooga!

Craig Charles.

Probably the best comp yet, no fillers! - Stuart Patterson Mi-Soul / Love Vinyl

Always love these Craig Charles comps..rare, classic and beyond! - David Bassin KXSF FM/InvaderFM

Awesome compilation once again by Craig Charles! All quality tunes. - Eddie Mac Kiss FM Australia

This is Craig Charles best Funk & Soul Club!!! - Tony Heynen Global Riddims

Impecable selection of recent gems in modern Funk! Chip Wickam's flute heavy Jazz-Funk is a standout! - Pimpernel Jones Herma Puma

Fantastic - 5 stars! The Grupo Magnetico cover is insanely great - Alejandro Ramirez/Stereo 77 Filtered Sunshine Radio

Eagerly anticipated, never duplicated, it is one of the finest comps on an annual basis. The breadth and scope is inspirational, and certainly makes me want to up my game! - Christopher Lawyer 88 1 kdhx FM, kdhx.org

Love Craig Charles! Love his radio show. Love his live sets. Love this album. - Danny Payne CJLO Radio

Craig Charles never fails at finding the gems! - Marcus Rosario Darker Than Wax / The Lot Radio

Mr. Charles demonstrates that as long as it's got the right feel, those can be pretty wide categories including jazz, gospel and afro-latin tracks. - T-Bird Something Else!/Radio CC Barcelona

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