George Clinton Dubs Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar “The New Generation Of Funk Musicians”


first_imgGeorge Clinton has been one of the most well-known names in the funk world for decades, carving out a unique space in the mainstream for funk music with Parliament and Funkadelic, often referred to as the collective Parliament-Funkadelic (or P-Funk). While Clinton has been a larger-than-life figure in funk for years, he’s never been too set in his old ways, frequently allowing his approach and his repertoire to include new and innovative collaborators.In recent years, George Clinton has forged a creative relationship with experimental producer Flying Lotus and his L.A.-based Brainfeeder label, which ranks other neo-funk forerunners like Thundercat on its artist roster. During that time, he’s also collaborated with the likes of hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar, contributing to the Compton rappers highly lauded 2015 album, To Pimp A Butterfly, alongside other L.A. scene associates like Terrace Martin, Kamasi Washington, and more. He even welcomed Kendrick and Ice Cube on a remix of Funkadelic’s “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You” in 2016.George Clinton & Funkadelic ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube – “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You”[Video: GeorgeClintonVEVO]George Clinton is not the only legacy artist that’s been influenced by this jazz-funk-hip-hop new guard. Herbie Hancock is notably working on a new album that will feature Kendrick, Thundercat, Flying Lotus, Kamasi, and other contemporary artists of their ilk.In a recent Reddit AMA session, one fan asked Dr. Funkenstein what it was like working with Flying Lotus. This was his response:He reminds me so much of when Bootsy [Collins] first came around. Thundercat, Steve [Flying Lotus] and the whole crew. Kendrick Lamar, it feels so much like 1975 when Bootsy first came around and started mixing James Brown with P-Funk. The same thing is happening with Flying Lotus, and it’s putting me in touch with so many new musicians. These are the new generation of funk musicians. So, it’s educational working with him. It’s a whole new version of ourselves. George Clinton’s high praise for artists like Kendrick Lamar is nothing new. He’s been praising his abilities for years. When To Pimp A Butterfly came out in 2015, Clinton told Pigeons & Planes,I wasn’t surprised that the album came out sounding the way it did. I could tell from the song I did with him, the way he was talking and his interpretation of funk, that it was going to be something new. Kendrick told me respect was going to be paid to the funk. …He’s number one right now! It’s hard as hell to be in that position with so much attention, but he’s got a good team around him. It’s hard to deal with and still try to be creative at the same time, but he has that in check. The only other person I’ve seen do it like that before is Prince! It’s a crazy amount of pressure, but for me, I learned the value of playing crazy—people think you’re crazy, they don’t bother you as much. Kendrick’s got a mission set out for him, I don’t know if he fully realizes it yet but it’s there.These days, the funk “genre” is thriving beyond the mainstream, with bands like Lettuce, Turkuaz, Galactic, The Motet, and many more continuing to make strides and earn consistently bigger audiences in their respective spaces. Pop artists like Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson have also garnered immense commercial success with their funk-infused brand of pop, and funk pioneers like the surviving members of The Meters still doing their thing on various projects. Most people wouldn’t put artists like Kendrick and Flying Lotus in the “funk” category at all, let alone refer to them as its future.But the way George Clinton has always seen it, funk is less of a genre and more of an approach, a feel. Clinton has always been one to move beyond the comfort zone of his “genre,” and is fully aware of that aspect of music’s evolution, particularly after moving toward psychedelia and away from more traditional “funk” as his career went on. As he noted in a 2015 interview with Noisey,Any time you go pop or cross over, you already begin to lose the audience that you started out with. It just so happened that the black music became the pop music of the next generation. What’s really black for ten years becomes really pop the next ten years. With rock ‘n’ roll, a lot of black people think it’s white music totally. They don’t know about Little Richard and Chuck Berry. The only thing they know is that Jimi Hendrix played some psychedelic. So yeah, you lose your audience if you go from one audience to the next. Most of the black music you get today—hip-hop—it’s totally pop. Considering his experiences and familiarity with “funk music,” its constant evolution, and the artists he notes as representing its new guard, Clinton certainly makes a compelling point about the artists he sees as “the new generation of funk musicians.”[H/T OkayPlayer]last_img read more

Sembcorp completes 800MW of new wind power capacity in India


first_imgSembcorp completes 800MW of new wind power capacity in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Sembcorp Energy India Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries, has announced completion of its 800 MW wind energy projects in India.The wind projects were awarded to Sembcorp under the first, second, and third auctions conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The company was awarded 250 megawatts of wind capacity under the first SECI auction, whereas 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts, respectively, were awarded to the company under the second and third SECI auctions.With the commissioning of its 300 MW wind project, the company has become the first independent wind energy producer to commission the entire capacity awarded under all three auctions of SECI. It is also has the largest operational wind portfolio under the SECI auctions.The 250 megawatt project under the first auction was installed in the Chandragiri district of Tamil Nadu. The other two projects of 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts under the second and third SECI auctions were commissioned in the Bhuj district of Gujarat.The company said that all its wind assets can provide enough energy to power more than 600,000 homes and offset 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The Indian Union power and renewable energy minister R.K. Singh has dedicated the three wind projects to the nation via video conferencing.Sembcorp owns and operates total of 35 assets with the cumulative capacity of 4,370 megawatts including 1,730 megawatts of renewable energy projects. The company is reportedly planning to sell its stake in its thermal power projects.[Saurabh]More: Sembcorp commissions 800 megawatts of wind power projects in Indialast_img read more

The strata by-laws all Cairns unit occupiers have to know


first_imgDecorating indoors can be subject to strata by-laws.He said owners and tenants in strata properties had to know their scheme’s by-laws inside and out. “But, unfortunately, there are many instances of residents taking actions that are in breach of the by-laws,” he said.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“We had a report of a unit owner concreting their courtyard then having to jack hammer it all up as they didn’t have approval for the works. The resident previously lived in a house with only council regulations applying and was not aware he could not make this type of alteration to his courtyard without first seeking approval as stipulated within the scheme by-laws.” Mr Mifsud said even changes to the inside of the unit could be risky without checking the property’s strata by-laws. “Even changing the curtains can be an issue that causes a breach in a strata scheme. There can be by-laws that specify light backed curtains should only be installed in particular windows,” he said. “Similarly, making unauthorised changes to blinds can be a problem, while the same situation can arise with window tinting.” Apartment blocks across the city are subject to their own strata by-laws. PICTURE: ANNA ROGERSSTRATA management is meant to create harmony across a townhouse or apartment block, but not sticking to the rules can land owners and tenants in hot water. Archers the Strata Professionals partner Grant Mifsud said even the wrong choice of curtains could result in costly consequences. “As a tenant or owner within a strata property, it’s important to be aware of the things you can and can’t do in your strata scheme,” he said.“Strata schemes have by-laws which regulate common property to help maintain peace and harmony within the community and also to ensure residents can live safely and in an orderly fashion protecting the value of their properties.” Swimming pools are a common cause for contention in apartments and units.The strata expert said common areas like swimming pools were not only strata by-law landmines, but could also raise tension between neighbours. “Some residents treat the pool like it’s their own private resort when in fact it is a shared area which can have strict rules such as ensuring children using the pool are supervised by an adult, for both safety and harmony,” he said. He said other common sources of strata-scheme disputes could involve pets, parking, parties, passive smoking, hanging laundry from the balcony as well as the behaviour of visitors.“Tenants and owners should brief their visitors about the accepted behaviour inside the strata property, particularly when holding any gatherings and be mindful of the other occupants’ peaceful enjoyment of their home,” he said.“To maintain a harmonious, friendly and comfortable atmosphere in a strata property, it’s always good to familiarise yourself with your strata scheme by-laws and play within the rules.”last_img read more