2018 was a generous year for new soul and funk music. “The Funky Boombox” curated a list of their 25 favorite songs of the year. One of this year’s highlights was the launch of Denver based, Color Red Records. Color Red released music from two artists on the list, Matador! Soul Sounds and Analog Sons. The list includes artists from around the world and down the block, including Lack of Afro, Lucinda Slim and Gizelle Smith from England, The Bamboos from Australia and Colorado’s The Motet. “The Funky Boombox” will feature their favorites of 2018 side-by-side with their favorites of 1968 on Friday, December 28th and January 4th. The Funky Boombox, hosted by Rob Seligmann, blends classic and current soul and funk. The Funky Boombox can be heard Friday nights, 10 to Midnight, on KUVO Jazz.

1. Eli Paperboy ReedWell, Alright Now

Eli Paperboy Reed meets The High & Mighty Brass Band, Yep Rock Records Eli meets his soul-mates on this high-octane remake of one of his early records.

2. The SuffersDo Whatever

Everything Here, Shanachie Entertainment, Gulf Coast Soul that unapologetically struts and shouts about the joys of seizing the day, every day.

3. St. Paul & The Broken BonesApollo

Young Sick Camellia, Single Lock Records, The band from Birmingham does it again; other-worldly vocals stacked on-top of a solid foundation of southern soul.

4. Matador! Soul SoundsGo On, Love

Single, Color Red, Released on Denver’s Color Red label, the song is propelled by the powerful voices of Adryon DeLeon and Kim Dawson.

5. The MotetThat Dream

Single, Self-Released, Recorded at Scanhope Sound in Morrison, The Motet made this track greasier than a slice of pepperoni pizza….and just as tasty.

6. JC Brooks BandBetter Class of Thieves

Red Black and Blue, Vol. 1, JC Brooks Band Inc., The Chicago band mixes cold funk with social commentary; a message you can dance to.

7. Judith HillThe Pepper Club

The Golden Child, Judith Hill. You just walked into the hottest bar in town – a Prince-inspired juke-joint jam that hits the spot.

8. Lucinda SlimTwo Winters Long

Lucinda Slim, Haggis Records, Sweet Soul-Pop from the British singer backed by The Haggis Horns. The song would sound right at home next to the records of its original singer, Irma Thomas.

9. The Bamboos Lit Up

Night Time People, Tru Thoughts, The greatest funk band from south of the equator serves up a party anthem for the world.

10. Ben PiraniLight of My Life

How Do I Talk to My Brother, Colemine Records, The Summer of 1966 – a picnic in the park – switch on the transistor radio, that’s Ben Pirani.

11. Big Sam’s Funky NationWho’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further

Songs in the Key of Funk, Vol. 1, Self-Released, Trombone player and singer “Big Sam” Williams breathes new life into the Allen Toussaint classic.

12. All this Love That I’m GivingOrgone

Undercover Mixtape, Colemine Records, One of thirteen classic soul and funk covers on the record, this track features Adryon DeLeon’s blistering vocal performance of a Gwen McCrae 1979 disco burner.

13. New MastersoundsFunk 49

Renewable Energy, One Note Records, A funky, yet faithful remake of the classic Joe Walsh song, featuring guitarist Eddie Roberts on lead vocals.

14. Gizelle SmithHey Romeo

Ruthless Day, Jalapeno Records / Kudos Records, Just the right amount of disco-dust sprinkled on the record means that Romeo and Juliet will meet again on the dance floor.

15. Durand Jones and The IndicationsPut A Smile On Your Face

Single, Colemine Records, Haunting back-ground vocals add atmospheric depth to a slow dance, tears-on-the-pillow soul song.

16. Leon BridgesBad Bad News

Good Thing, Columbia, Leon Bridges updates his retro r&b sound on this sophomore record, delivering a shiny, slinky neo-soul gem.

17. Analog SonGot To Get Down

Funky Mother, Color Red, The Denver band’s tribute to everyone who’s working hard, watching the clock, and ready to party.

18. Black PumasBlack Moon Rising

Single, Colemine Records, Funk meets Blues on the debut single from the Austin band. Cruising music so good, the car practically drives itself.

19. Tower of PowerButter Fried

Soul Side of Town, Mack Avenue, An instrumental work-out from the iconic horn band’s 50th Anniversary album.

20. Wesley Bright and The HoneytonesHappiness

Single, Colemine Records, Retro Soul from America’s Heartland that activates the smile reflex.

21. Candi StatonCan I Change My Mind

Unstoppable, Beracah Records / Thirty Tigers, Candi’s version of the 1969 classic, originally recorded by her former mentor Tyrone Davis, proves that great songs are timeless.

22. Lack of AfroGood Love (ft. Emma Noble)

Jack Of All Trades, LOA Records, Composer and Producer Adam Gibbon (aka Lack of Afro) delivers a bouncy-funk song about love on the rocks, featuring vocals by British singer, model, and actress, Emma Noble.

23. Ruby Velle and The Soulphonics – Love Less Blind

State of All Things, Self-Released, Stax Style Southern Soul from the Atlanta band’s sophomore record.

24. DeRobert & the Half-TruthsJudgment (part 1)

Single, Colemine Records, Authentic raw soul from Nashville; the song is a relentless foot-stompin’, rip-roarin’ good time.

25. Tell Your MamaAloe Blacc

Christmas Funk, Aloe Blacc Recordings, Inc., Sweet nostalgia over an old-school beat, this one should be heard during the holiday season for years to come

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