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[Funk/Soul] Charles Bradley – Good to Be Back Home

Charles Bradley
Good to Be Back Home

Maybe you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but in the case of Charles Bradley, an old dog can certainly teach us a whole lot of stuff. Like how to release an album at the age of 67 that will bring a gaggle of millennials to their knees, and re-instill the power of funk and soul into a generation that needs it. I’m talking, of course, about Bradley’s latest Changes, and the song that epitomizes the power of Charles Bradley and funk in general, “Good to Be Back Home.”

Upon first listen we couldn’t believe our ears. From the first shout we had to convince ourselves that James Brown, the artist that Bradley largely credits his motivation to, hadn’t miraculously returned. But then you keep listening and get the essence of Bradley himself very quickly– an artist with power, passion and a voice whose tone alone speaks wisdom. This song is an epic return track that’s placed perfectly in the beginning of the album and serves as a doorway to the soul/funk journey ahead; and even better, it doesn’t just take us back down memory lane. It brings the lens of soul into a piece of modern music, and it’s so great that we’re able to experience the vantage point from a legend himself.

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[Hip-Hop] 2Pac and James Brown – Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. That title does say James Brown and 2Pac. The two musical legends have collaborated from beyond the grave, creating the title track for the Django Unchained soundtrack. This work is the product of Tupac’s engineer Claudio Cueni, who was able to render a stellar mashup between Brown’s “The Payback” and Shakur’s “Untouchable.” I’m usually not a fan of music created posthumously, and think it’s probably time to stop milking Pac for all his legacy’s worth. However, it’s easy to see that this one is more than your average cut and paste job, and shines ahead of most tracks of its kind.

’2Pac & James Brown – Unchained’
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