I first got introduced to the funk while attending college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I'd hit up the local record store every week, and my homie who worked there would put me on to the classics: James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, The Meters, Sly & The Family Stone, Funkadelic, etc. I really got into it, and eventually, ended up hosting my own radio show dedicated to classic funk, soul, and hip-hop. It wasn't until after college that I started getting into post-disco and early 80's r&b, or "boogie." The sounds that came out of that era were the building blocks of hip-hop, electro, and house as we know it, so I think it was a natural progression for me to start digging the roots of the music I loved. 

It's no secret that I've been heavy in the boogie zone for the past several years now. As a member of Sweater Funk, San Francisco’s weekly dance party dedicated to top shelf boogie funk, steppers, and modern soul on original vinyl, I'm constantly digging for undiscovered gems. Sweater Funk is like church... I go to get inspired, hangout with friends, and even catch the spirit on the dance floor. But instead of praying, we geek out to records! It's guaranteed that someone from the crew (there's 13 of us, by the way) will play a heater, and everyone will just freak out! It's kinda silly, but you just have to go and experience it. For those who don't know, Sweater Funk goes down every Sunday night at The Knockout in Outer Mission… Shameless plug, had to do it! 

When Mellow Orange asked me to put this mix together, I decided to focus on new music coming out of the modern funk scene… This mix features some of my favorites: Dam-Funk, Onra, Amalia, Max Kane & Teeko, The Pendletons, XL Middleton, and Sweater Funk's own K-Maxx. I even threw in some future soul joints for good measure. :-) Shout out to independent labels like PPU, Omega Supreme, Mo Funk, Voltaire Records, Sound Boutique, and Cherries Records who are devoted to releasing new modern funk & r&b music on vinyl (and even cassette!) If you dig what you hear, join the movement by supporting these artists, labels, record shops, your local music scene, and help keep the funk alive. Props to Yusai for giving me the opportunity to share with y'all… Thanks for listening and stay mellow! ~ Proof



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