Sunday, November 18, 2012
This is probably going to be a rambling post so bear with me.
Today is Funky Frolic's 2nd anniversary. It has been an incredible journey filled with many ups and downs but the time has come for me to say farewell and move on. It's not a decision I've made lightly but many of the things that have happened this year have sucked the fun out blogging. The file sharing issues and subsequent flood of re-requests took away the time and desire I had to create new content and I just couldn't muster the dedication that this place requires.
There are so many people I'd like to thank - from my fellow bloggers to all the wonderful people who left comments that would bring a smile to my face, friends and strangers alike. I've been lucky to have a group of supporters who helped make Funky Frolic what it is and it's been a joy to be part of a community of like-minded music lovers. Thank you all so much.
I feel like I've achieved everything I wanted here. The aim was always to celebrate the music I enjoy and bring it to the widest audience possible. I think that over the course of the last two years I've played my part in fostering the appreciation of certain genres amongst people. Around 7 or 8 terabytes of music have been downloaded through Funky Frolic and it's a thrill to know people have listened to albums I've recommended or mixes that I've created. I couldn't have imagined something I created would receive a million pageviews on the internet, let alone almost two million. It's been a wild ride and one I'll never forget.
I will leave the site up in case I have a change of heart and can't stay away or if I have a new project you might be interested in. I'll lock the comments function in a couple of weeks. You can contact me through my Blogger profile if you wish but please refrain from making music requests. I apologise to those who have outstanding re-up requests, I hope you are able to find what you're looking for somewhere else.
Well, I guess that's it. I've had a lot of fun and I hope you have too. As always, stay funky.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Track 1 - Teenage Chase
Track 2 - Disco Dynamite
Track 3 - Blue Bells
Track 4 - Crash Course
Track 5 - Bodyguard
Track 6 - Moon Ski
Track 7 - Close Shave
Track 8 - Incidental Backcloth No.3
Track 9 - Man Alive
Track 10 - Funky Thing
Track 11 - Exclusive Blend
Track 12 - Hot Property
Track 13 - Powerhouse Pop
Track 14 - Slow Rocker
Track 15 - Snake Hips
Track 16 - Stealth In The Night
Track 17 - Staying Power
Track 18 - Earth Watch (a)
Track 19 - Life Of Leisure
Track 20 - Funky Captions
Track 21 - Grandstand
Not much to say about this. It's 21 more track of pure Mansfield magic. Go get it!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
I've completed another raft of re-upload requests. You can find the links below. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get around to Part.2 of my Keith Mansfield Redux comp. Enjoy.
KPM 1043 - Beat Incidental
KPM 1078 - Sweet Groove
Sauveur Mallia - Automation
G.I Joe - Public Service Announcements
Les Baxter - The Dunwich Horror OST
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Track 1 - Handmade By Robots
Track 2 - Fast Back
Track 3 - Step Forward
Track 4 - Extravaganza
Track 5 - The Beat Moves On
Track 6 - Pop Trumpets
Track 7 - Passport International A
Track 8 - Blockbuster
Track 9 - The Busy Scene
Track 10 - Power Complex
Track 11 - Disco King
Track 12 - City Limits
Track 13 - Top Score
Track 14 - The Contract
Track 15 - Pretty Colours
Track 16 - Twinkle
Track 17 - Big Shot
Track 18 - High Velocity
Track 19 - The Fix
Track 20 - Funky Fanfare
In my continuing attempt to re-upload my Legends Of Library series, I proudly present to you Part 1 of the Keith Mansfield collection. The original compilation has been extended out from 15 tracks to a whopping 41 which hopefully provides a fuller picture of the exceptional talents that Keith has exhibited over his many years in the biz. Hardcore library fans will be familiar with many of these pieces but I've tried to put in a few that aren't as well known. Whether you desire go go, porn funk, groovy synths or easy listening there is plenty for everybody. Part 2 will follow soon. Enjoy!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Hi folks, it seems Blogger is going through one of its famous temperamental phases. I haven't received any comments in quite a while and yesterday my pageviews dropped to almost zero for a couple of hours. Hopefully they get their act together soon and things return to normal. Apologies if you've left a comment and it hasn't made it through to me.
Here's a list of the some of re-ups I've done since my last update -
Friday, October 12, 2012
Track 1 - Wacker / Johnny Pearson
Track 2 - Articulation / Michel Bernholc
Track 3 - Tomorrows World / Geoff Bastow
Track 4 - Plank / Jacky Giordano
Track 5 - Cup Fever / Herbert Chappell
Track 6 - Highway Patrol / Berry Lipman & Orchestra
Track 7 - Catalepsy / Eric Framond
Track 8 - Mercury / Harold Fisher
Track 9 - Gun Law / Simon Park
Track 10 - High Velocity / Keith Mansfield
Track 11 - Rixe / Vladimir Cosma
Track 12 - Flock / Janko Nilovic
Track 13 - Gang Train / Bernard Estardy
There's a wealth of excellent library music that has been uploaded to YouTube over the last few years and I decided today it would be nice to put together a selection of my favourite tracks for your listening pleasure. This compilation features a diverse range of pieces from labels such as De Wolfe, Bruton, Patchwork, Selected Sound, KPM and Montparnasse. There's plenty of uptempo grooves to be found, interspersed with some more relaxed synth tracks and a couple of quirky oddities thrown in for good measure. Give it a download and let me know what you think. Many thanks go to the original uploaders who continue to graciously share these musical gems with a wider audience.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Okay, I've just spent most of the evening re-uploading a bunch of your requests. If there's any still outstanding I'll try to get to them in the near future and hopefully I might find the time to put up some new content next week too. Cheers.
Black Dynamite Soundtrack
Progressive Percussions Vol.1+2 - Eddie Warner
Bruton BRK07 - Breakout
Bruton BRI02 - Tempus Fugit
Bruton BRL11 - Market Leaders
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
I thought I'd continue on with my work collating library music related mixes from around the web. First up we have Gafieira who is now going by the name "Ray Krebbs". He has put together a nice collection of music sourced from Marsellus Wallace's blog entitled "Soundtracks And Library Music (70's)" which features British, French and Italian library gems. Ray has also created a mix called "Big Beat And Library Mix" that takes a journey through the KPM catalogue, highlighting the tracks that have inspired the current generation of hip hop and big beat artists. Both comps are well worth a listen.
I'm not sure how I missed these guys previously but [astral projects] Records have released a number of awesome library themed podcasts which are packed with legendary names like Hawkshaw, Nilovic, Warner, Mansfield, Gray, Bennett, Giordano and many, may more. You can download them all here and be sure to check out more of their "Library Confessions" comps here ( they appear to be listen-only but if you have a search around you might be able to locate some download links ).
Funky Frolic regular blunderspublik has been busy on Mixcloud putting together what he calls the "Metameric Mix: Centipede Radio". Amongst a diverse range of sounds you'll hear pieces by Teddy Lasry, Bernard Estardy, Johnny Hawksworth and Piero Umiliani. You need to sign up to Mixcloud in order to hear the mix but it's well worth it because there's plenty of great music to be found on the site if you're willing to dig around. Take for instance Kid Sundance's fantastic KPM based set here or "Só Pedrada Musical apresenta: Sound Library" by Sopedradamusical that features an all star cast of heavy hitters from the library music scene.
If you have created or know of any other library mixes/podcasts that are available on the internet then leave me a message and I'll include them in my next update. As always, stay funky!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Track 1 - Supercharger / P.Milray
Track 2 - Airport People / James Clarke
Track 3 - 64K Ram / Claude Larson
Track 4 - The Rub / Alan Tew
Track 5 - Eyes / Alan Tew
Track 6 - Downtown / Shury, McDonald, Rae
Track 7 - That's Fancy 1 / Sammy Burdson
Track 8 - Warp Matrix / Trevor Duncan
Track 9 - Dirty Rat / Miki Anthony & Tom Parker
Track 10 - Day Shift / Alan Parker & Alan Hawkshaw
Track 11 - Strike Rich / Reg Tilsley
Track 12 - Tiger / Lee Mason
Track 13 - Headlines / Brian Bennett
Track 14 - Moon Ski / Keith Mansfield
Track 15 - Glass Tubes / Brian Bennett
Track 16 - Turbo / Trevor Bastow
Track 17 - Milky Way / John Scott
Track 18 - Dank / Les Hurdle & Frank Ricotti
Track 19 - You Were Right, I Was Wrong / Trevor Duncan
Track 20 - Top Score / Keith Mansfield
Track 21 - The Lady Likes / Mike Moran
Track 22 - Computer Programmer / Sam Sklair & Gus Galbraith
Track 23 - Bass Drive / Shury, McDonald, Rae
Track 24 - Feeling Tense / Stefano Torossi
Track 25 - Daredevil / Francis Monkman
Here is a selection of tracks culled from the many compilations posted at Retro-Teque over the past few years. It serves as a reminder of all the wonderful music that retronic shared with us and his impeccable taste. The composers speak for themselves, it's an all killer no filler set that will satisfy even the most discerning of listeners. If you only experienced a small taste of retro's work or missed out altogether then this is an essential download. Enjoy!