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December 11, 2009 3:49 PM   Subscribe

What are the slowest, heaviest, funkiest grooves you can throw at me?

I really love slow, heavy, syrupy, spaced-out, minimalist grooves. Whether it's funk, hip hop, hard rock, jam rock, glam rock, whatever - some songs just settle in your gut. Know what I'm talking about?

(Here's what I'm talking about: Thank You For Talking to Me Africa, Respect, Fame, Mustang Sally, In The Raw. I especially like it when the bass does that octave jump thing.)
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam to Media & Arts (46 answers total) 54 users marked this as a favorite
 
I really love slow, heavy,

You want some relatively recent subgenres of doom metal, more specifically stoner metal and sludge (and perhaps the ever-elusive "atmospheric hardcore", "post-rock", "post-metal", etc. categories). Look for those tags on Last.FM and build yourself a nice little custom internet radio stream to get a good survey of the genre.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 3:52 PM on December 11, 2009


Tricky's Aftermath seems about the right speed ...
posted by philip-random at 3:53 PM on December 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


War, Slippin' Into Darkness.

That link is to a live version, which is decent but not well recorded. Check out the studio version too. The louder the better.
posted by lex mercatoria at 4:02 PM on December 11, 2009


Check out Blakroc, that just came out from the Black Keys and a bunch of rappers. The whole album is pretty much what you're looking for I think.

Try also: Marcus Miller, Herbie Handcock's Head Hunters for a funkier feel.
posted by battlebison at 4:07 PM on December 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


You might try looking for Screw music, which used to be behind a lot of rap coming out of Houston. They take all sorts of beats and slow them down to half speed before rapping over them.
posted by chrisamiller at 4:13 PM on December 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Gotta plug the Melvins:
The Mechanical Bride
Boris
Shevil
posted by cellphone at 4:17 PM on December 11, 2009


Taana gardner - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yzt_82UarU

Cymande - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3ZDbEKQJbQ&feature=related
posted by jade east at 4:19 PM on December 11, 2009


Gimmie Gimme by Desmond Dekker.
Walk on By by Isaac Hayes.
posted by Jon-o at 4:45 PM on December 11, 2009


Regiment
posted by Grangousier at 4:50 PM on December 11, 2009


Ciara - Oh
Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good (there's a better version but can't find on youtube..)
Massive Attack - Angel
The System - Don't Disturb This Groove.. and the DC go-go version.. UCB - Sexy Lady
posted by citron at 4:53 PM on December 11, 2009


Om - on the mountain at dawn it is slow syrupy heavy and spaced out.
posted by schyler523 at 4:59 PM on December 11, 2009


Fat Lady by Kool Keith (as Ultra)
posted by saladin at 5:32 PM on December 11, 2009


You want some relatively recent subgenres of doom metal, more specifically stoner metal and sludge (and perhaps the ever-elusive "atmospheric hardcore", "post-rock", "post-metal", etc. categories). Look for those tags on Last.FM and build yourself a nice little custom internet radio stream to get a good survey of the genre.

Grails. Particularly Burning Off Impurities and, even more so, Take Refuge in Clean Living.
posted by The Michael The at 5:32 PM on December 11, 2009


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M34iZH4-qkI
Morphine, "Buena".
posted by wv kay in ga at 5:43 PM on December 11, 2009


A lot of the tracks off RJD2's In Rare Form instrumental album might fit the bill, especially Incorporate Anthem, which is based off a couple of really great Hancock samples.
posted by Rhomboid at 5:53 PM on December 11, 2009


Björk- I Miss You (Sunshine Mix) (iTMS link)
posted by mkultra at 5:59 PM on December 11, 2009


Let's start with some Meat Beat Manifesto! Then some Scorn, the heroin-dub electronic act from Mick Harris of Napalm Death. Maybe some Coil, experimental/industrial with Sleazy of Throbbing Gristle, or Muslimgauze, from the late great Bryn Jones, who has released more albums dead than a lot of artists have alive.
posted by Jairus at 6:02 PM on December 11, 2009


First few things I thought of:
Morcheeba
Supreme Beings of Leisure
Soul Coughing
posted by spatula at 6:16 PM on December 11, 2009


Anything by:
The Ohio Players
Commodores
Parliament
The Herbie Hancock albums Thrust or Manchild
posted by mattoxic at 6:26 PM on December 11, 2009


Can - Mushroom
posted by rxrfrx at 7:27 PM on December 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nightmares on Wax, specifically Smokers Delight.
posted by polyglot at 7:39 PM on December 11, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ufomammut - Demontain
Anything by Zebulon Pike (seriously muscular, heavy grooves)
Pentagram - Vampyre Love
Ol' Scratch - Cycles
posted by Demogorgon at 8:14 PM on December 11, 2009


Incredible Bongo Band-- Let There Be Drums
Incredible Bongo Band-- Ohkey Dokey
Incredible Bongo Band-- Bongolia
posted by aquafortis at 8:41 PM on December 11, 2009


Herb Alpert "Rise" -- since ya threw in that Biggie..
http://www.youtube.com/user/GlassIzFull#p/f/1/ennMD1fPtXA

Feels like your in the middle of some 1970's melodramatic love montage
posted by Like its 1997 at 8:54 PM on December 11, 2009


Bootsy Collins- I'd Rather Be With You
posted by Thin Lizzy at 9:25 PM on December 11, 2009 [2 favorites]


Breakstra's first album, Hit The Floor is really funky.
posted by smoke at 9:27 PM on December 11, 2009


Flagged for fantastic.
posted by cmoj at 9:54 PM on December 11, 2009


For my money, the single greatest DJ Screw track, a chopped & screwed version of One Day, by UGK.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 10:00 PM on December 11, 2009


I just figured I'd do that rather than favorite the question and every answer.
posted by cmoj at 10:07 PM on December 11, 2009


Have you heard the 10 minute or so version of the Beatles 'Helter Skelter'? Check it out!
posted by xammerboy at 10:14 PM on December 11, 2009


Heartbeat, You Make Me Feel So Weak - Taana Gardner
posted by y2karl at 10:20 PM on December 11, 2009


That is, Heartbeat, You Make Me Feel So Weak - Taana Gardner

The club version, to be sure....

This page purports to have a free mp3 of it.

I dunno, though, 1.17 MB doesn't seem enough bits for a nine minute groove.
posted by y2karl at 10:33 PM on December 11, 2009


And [after downloading] that's because it's not the stripped down to bass and drums nine minute club version but another mix entirely. Oh, well...
posted by y2karl at 10:40 PM on December 11, 2009


If you care at all for electronic music, here are two suggestions:

The song Vamp from Trentemøller's album "The Last Resort" gets my deep-groove juices flowing.

Probably a bit too up-tempo, but another in a similar vein is In White Rooms from "Movements" by Booka Shade.
posted by dylanjames at 7:49 AM on December 12, 2009


I love the bass line in this Brooklyn Funk Esssential's tune, Dilly Dally. Very minimal.
posted by yeti at 10:11 AM on December 12, 2009


Was just listening to "Cream" by Prince. It makes love to your ear and uses a lot of body oil to do it.
posted by Doctor Suarez at 10:52 AM on December 12, 2009


Blackrock's (not to be confused with Blackroc above) "Yeah Yeah" is pretty darn funky, I think.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:51 PM on December 12, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's hard to think of any band funkier than the meters
posted by sethbabo at 6:34 PM on December 12, 2009


Thinking about this topic today.

Roy Ayers

RAMP

David Axelrod

Loose Ends

Rotary Connection
posted by jade east at 9:40 PM on December 12, 2009


Aaron Neville : Hercules
http://open.spotify.com/track/1wxF8huN8OO1HkiDCEFLR2

Consider yourself grooved.
posted by Dr.Pill at 5:13 AM on December 13, 2009


Or here:
posted by Dr.Pill at 5:16 AM on December 13, 2009


Previously.
posted by ostranenie at 9:28 AM on December 13, 2009


Revival by Soulsavers

Still in Love Song by The Stills isn't slow, but it has that octave-bass thing in the chorus.
posted by booth at 8:38 PM on December 14, 2009


Treacherous Three - Body Rock
Kool and the Gang - Summer Madness
Cameo - Rigor Mortis
James Reese & The Progressions- Let's Go (It's Summertime)
Mtume ~ Green Light
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 10:28 PM on December 14, 2009


Mark Lanegan's I'll Take Care of You (live version)
posted by nemutdero at 3:04 PM on December 15, 2009


Loose Joints (Arthur Russell) - Pop Your Funk
Shuggie Otis - Aht Uh Mi Hed
Tortoise and Bonnie "Prince" Billy - Thunder Road
posted by hydrophonic at 12:57 AM on December 16, 2009


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