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The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Freestyle You know him from Corona­tion Street and Red Dwarf (and as a pre­sen­ter on Robot Wars). Craig Charles is also an im­pres­sive se­lec­tor when it comes to soul and funk bangers. His BBC 6 mu­sic show has been run­ning for a decade, and this com­pi­la­tion is tes­ta­ment to Charles’s nous and ear for whip-smart funky tunes, blaz­ing brass, boom­ing basslines and red-hot drums. It’s a com­pi­la­tion that cov­ers all cor­ners, in­clud­ing well-tuned cov­ers (the In­cred­i­ble Bongo Band re­size Sat­is­fac­tion as an XL funk clas­sic, and The Ap­ples’ do like­wise with Rage Against the Ma­chine’s Killing), clas­sic funk­floor fare from Treva What­eva, and pitch-per­fect retro funk from The Hag­gis Horns. The sound­track to the funki­est, coolest party on your block this sea­son. twit­ter.com/cc­funkand­soul

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