We haven’t heard from him for a while but the good news is that legendary funk apostle, BOOTSY COLLINS, is still actively spreading the funk gospel. He returns to the fray with ‘World Wide Funk,’ his first new album in six years. It consists of fifteen action-packed tracks and finds the amiably off-beat Ohio-born bassist sharing the spotlight with almost thirty guests contributors – these range from veteran rappers Chuck D, Doug E Fresh, and Big Daddy Kane, and blues guitarist Eric Gales, to hard rock legend Iggy Pop, fellow bass thumper Stanley Clarke, and Philly R&B man, Musiq Soulchild. Even the late Bernie Worrell, the keyboard wizard in George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic axis, makes a final appearance on ‘A Salute To Bernie.’
The material ranges from full-on, in-your-face, old school funk (like the title track) and slick, catchy mid-tempo grooves (‘Pusherman’) to pumping dance floor bangers (‘Hot Saucer’ featuring Musiq Soulchild and ‘Ladies Nite’), silky ballads (‘Heaven Yes’ and ‘Worth My While’) and breezy floor-fillers (the excellent ‘Cando Coated Lover’). For funk and soul fans, it’s a veritable cornucopia of both old and new school R&B flavours.
‘World Wide Funk’ is released on 27th October via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group