Album Review: Bootsy Collins – World Wide Funk
A prolific musician since the 1960s, who carved a name for himself in the 1970s through his work with the likes of James Brown (as part of the J.B.’s) and for helping to create the P-Funk sound as bassist for Parliament Funk, Bootsy Collins is back. With his first studio album since 2011’s ‘The Funk Capital of the World’, it was recorded at his own Bootzilla Re-hab studio’s in Cincinnati, ‘World Wide Funk’ is a 15-track statement album, by an artist very much confident with his own unique sound.
You don’t carve a career as prolific as his, for so many decades without making a few friends along the way and on this latest album, Bootsy has invited a plethora of artists to collaborate with, including Justin Johnson, Musiq Soulchild and October London to name a few.
The first thing that hits you when you listen to this album is how well produced and polished everything sounds. Rather than looking at current trends and trying to adopt what is flavour of the moment, Bootsy is an artist very confident in the sound he has pioneered for so long (and rightfully so). It is an album that sounds big and is made to be played on a big sound system so make sure you get it spinning.
Album closer ‘Illusions’, featuring Chuck D (of Public Enemy and more recently Prophets of Rage fame), Buckethead and Blvckseeds is the standout track on an album of so many.
A welcome return to a legend of the funk and soul scenes and hoping that he tours this album in 2018, this will absolutely be one show not to miss. It’s a real shame that there is no Glastonbury next year, as this has Sunday afternoon legends slot written all over it.