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FSQ, “Reprise Tonight”
By John Morrison · July 29, 2020 Merch for this release:
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In the mid-‘60s, James Brown invented funk. In the decades since, its spirit has spread to disco, hip-hop, and beyond. And it lives on in FSQ, a funky collective formed by Chuck “Da Fonk” Fishman, producer G. Koop, and the late Sa’d “The Hourchild” Ali who are dedicated to presenting vintage sounds in a modern context. With an all-star cast including vocalists Fonda Rae and Denise King, New Wave icon Nona Hendryx, and funk legend George Clinton, FSQ’s debut Reprise Tonight is a monument to good-time, funky music. Clinton lends his distinctive vocal stylings to the dark, dreamlike “Dancefloor Democracy.” On “Peel Back,” Hendryx turns in a stellar performance, riding the song’s bouncy groove with power and charisma. The blueprint that pioneers like Brown, Sly Stone, and Clinton sketched out half a century ago is audible in every note; FSQ may not be reinventing the wheel, but their songs are a testament to funk’s enduring vitality. A veritable treasure chest of danceable grooves and memorable songs, Reprise Tonight showcases FSQ’s gift for upbeat, easy-digestible funk.

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