Tag Archives: Moniquea

The New Face of Funk & Boogie

Diamond Ortiz

Diamond Ortiz by Danny Spence

In music, the term “boogie” usually refers to early ‘80s funk and post-disco, a sound that peaked in 1984 and relies heavily on drum machines and synthesizers as opposed to the live bands and orchestras of disco. In fact, the sound was in some ways a reaction to disco; a problematic backlash against the music in 1979 resulted in major labels like Epic, Atlantic, RCA, and Capitol pivoting away from the sound. With fewer commercial opportunities in big-budget disco, artists and producers pursued the accessibility of synthesizers and drum machines, which were just beginning to enter the market. But the major labels mostly missed the boogie train; it was indie labels like Salsoul, Prelude, Radar, and West End Records that nurtured the sound. Songs like D Train’s “You’re The One For Me” and Evelyn “Champagne” King’s “If You Want My Lovin,” both released in 1981, are some of the earliest and most well-known examples of boogie. Now, the genre is experiencing a resurgence, after a near decade-long cult following in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and parts of France.

Continue reading

Moniquea’s New Album Blurs The Line Between Funk and New Wave

Moniquea

Growing up in the era of ‘80s funk had a profound effect on the California singer Moniquea. Being surrounded by the music of Prince and The S.O.S. Band—as well as the musicians in her own family—not only shaped her personality, it made her want to become a performer herself. Though she started her career dabbling in R&B, Moniquea gradually expanded into modern funk, becoming one of the premier artists on MoFunk Records, the brainchild of throwback producers XL Middleton + Eddy Funkster.

A growing, yet still critically under-appreciated, subculture, modern funk pays homage to its predecessors in a way that feels authentic and less polished than pop radio’s similar attempts to bridge generations. Moniquea calls DaM-FunK the pioneering architect of the movement, paving the way both for her and for other artists of a similar musical ilk. Moniquea’s new album, Blackwavefunk, sticks to her funk roots while also pulling in hints of new wave, a genre that ruled the post-disco era alongside punk and synth-pop.

We spoke with Moniquea about her latest musical direction, how effortless funk comes from within, and how less is more when it comes to making albums.

Continue reading