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Scandinavian producers Misha and Monma unearth rare Finnish private press boogie track from 1983, hook-up with original artist Jussi Halme and create an updated version. This is the story of ''Funny Funk '18'' in one sentence.
Read the long version in Misha's own words here:
Less than a year ago I commented a song by Jussi Halme on YouTube. To my surprise the artist himself answered and we exchanged email addresses. This was not only a beginning of an unexpected collaboration between different generations, but a great friendship, as well.
The song I commented was ''Early Evening in Brazil'', which me and Monma later produced into ''Brazil'', that was released through Chillhop in November 2018. Not like numbers would matter, but I'm very happy to see that it has streamed about 1,5M times so far on Spotify.
The first song I ever heard (played by my DJ friend) from Jussi Halme was ''Funny Funk'', which was a self-released 7'' single back in 1983. Such an amazing funky track with dope synths instantly caught my attention. This type of music was and still is really marginal in the Finnish music scene. Very small, almost nonexistent audience. To produce this in Finland being passionate is not enough - you have to be obsessed, haha.
And obsessed we are. Me, Monma & Finnish Talkbox master 6mäki had an honor to team up with an original composer to create a new version out of this rare Finnish boogie track. No better way to sample! It will be officially released next week by Melting Pot Music. There will also be a music video. So excited. Stay tuned.
For fans of Parliament, Funkadelic, Zapp, EPMD, Dogg Pound and Dam Funk.
About the artists:
Jussi Halme is a 57-year-old Finnish keyboard player, composer, arranger and producer. His musical style varies between boogie, disco, jazz and funk. In 1983 Halme made a private pressing 7" single of Funny Funk and Autumn Gold, which was his debut solo release. Halme was hoping he could make an album of similar material as Funny Funk, but he soon found out there was no chance for that in Finland in the early 1980s. He still released few disco and boogie songs through smaller labels. In 1985 Jussi got awarded with Emma Award, the most prestgious award in the Finnish music scene.
His old recordings have gained interest among younger generations.
"I have always liked hip-hop and a couple of years ago I began checking out
the rappers and producers of today." Halme says. "I noticed that Misha is making some really good stuff. The funny thing is, it didn't take long when he contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing something together. I said let's go". So Funny Funk is definitely created under the original artist's
Misha is half Finnish and half Ukrainian Hip-hop/R&B producer based in Finland. His musical background is strongly in soulful and jazzy 90s hip-hop, now leaning more to Future Beats and modern R&B. In Finland he's also known as rapper Haamu and is recently signed to Monsp Records.
In May 2018 he released his producer debut 'Feel' through a NL-based Chillhop Records – one of the leading tastemakers in the instrumental hip-hop scene. During the same year, Chillhop released two more singles – "Bae" and "Brazil". 3M+ streams and support from BBC Radio 1Xtra and Jamz Supernova in his debut year means he’s one to keep your eyes on.
Monma is a producer based in Turku, Finland. Monma has been making beats for over 10 years, and in that tme he has produced for several Finnish hip hop acts. In the recent years, Monma has also established an internatonal presence, making music for American labels and Chillhop Records from the Netherlands. This internatonal exposure has neted him millions of plays on Spotfy, and established him as one of the household names in the global beat music scene.
6mäki is an established, Tampere-based rapper / producer / talkbox artist who has released under the Finnish labels Monsp Records and 3rd Rail Music. Besides his solo work, he has also released music as a member of groups such as Tre-Funk III and Velvet Boyz. He has achieved multple chart placements and also some internatonal fame.
He recently appeared on Finnish Natonal TV channel Yle’s rap documentary series RapID on an episode about G-funk.
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released June 26, 2019
Produced by Misha, Monma & Jussi Halme.
Talkbox by 6mäki.
Mixed & mastered by Misha.
Artwork by Chicken.
Cat No: MPM 276
Artist: Misha, Monma & Jussi Halme feat. 6mäki
Titel: Funny Funk '18
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