Sunday, June 15, 2014

CFUNK Hiatus

Clusterfunk Collective came together nearly ten years ago as an outlet for combined creativity. Beginning by designing and distributing our own line of apparel, we quickly expanded to multimedia production and music promotion. We have had the opportunity to work with rookies and seasoned starters alike, including several which we have both long admired. Most important, we have shared experiences and built relationships that will continue to grow as we move to the next chapter in the CFUNK saga.

Although we will no longer share content on a daily or weekly basis, we will continue to highlight notable projects via Twitter and Facebook, and will also talk with artists through our "Take Five" interview series. In addition, we will now have a better chance to collaborate with the creatives that we connected with along the way. We are also pursuing several brand new ventures that will expound upon what we have already established and elevate the brand to the next level.

Thank you to the artists and affiliates that have contributed to the success of Clusterfunk Collective thus far, and to the friends, family and followers that have supported us. We look forward to sharing more with all of you.

Please continue to follow us on Twitter and also on Facebook. And feel free to dig, there are volumes of posts throughout the site!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Mishka presents WindChill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience [Instrumental Album]

Every year, there seems to be at least one Mishka mixtape, EP or album that stands out from the rest of the "presented by" pack and, with the release of WindChill: A Chicago Instrumental Experience, it looks as if 2014 will fare no different. A phenomenal fusion of familiar production from some of Chi-town's finest, including Blended Babies, Thelonius Martin, Smoko Ono and more.

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The Celestics: Supreme Laziness [Mixtape]

Louie P. laces Kaytranada cuts with a rhymestyle reminiscent of Bada$$ with a hint of Havoc, resulting in 15 crafty canticles of sheer work, deceptively titled Supreme Laziness.

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LAKIM & J'Von: Left [EP]

LAKIM links with latent lyricist J'Von for a little Left-brained "gloom-bap."


Color By Numbers presents Slot-A: High Tide [Album]


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Life + Times presents Decoded: Common (The Believer) [Video]

Pharoahe Monch: Broken Again [Video]

Question: Baduist [Mix]


Lee Fields: Just Can't Win [Video]

Under New Order: Under New Order [Album]

New talents are giving way to nostalgic tones. Take Trombone Shorty, who has injected the traditional sounds of New Orleans with bigger and badder knock while remaining true to the tried and tested tastes of the city. Consider The Black Keys, who did not necessarily incorporate any new rock methodologies but instead embellished upon the existing elements that everyone already loves about the genre and melded them all into one magnificent mixture. In either case, it is evident that music as a whole, regardless of genre, is Under New Order. So how fitting that a group of the same name, comprised of Suave, April "Lox Lane" Kindell, Marty "Styx" Kindell, Bill Greencloud and BaBa Charles, have come together as a catalyst for creativity, conceiving some of the best jazz/funk/soul fusion around and leading the charge of what's next. Give these guys/gals a listen and keep an eye peeled for the Summer debut, Seasons.

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Dust & Grooves: California Book Launch [Mix]

Dust & Grooves California Book Launch mixtape by Dust & Grooves on Mixcloud

Friday, May 30, 2014

Flowback Fridays: Going Up In Flames Is Not Enough


Asher Roth: The World Is Not Enough

Charles Bradley f. Menahan Street Band: The World (Is Going Up In Flames)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Fuse presents Crate Diggers: Tim Westwood [Video]

Big K.R.I.T.: Mt. Olympus [Video]

Harn Solo & Caliobzvr: The Experiment [EP]

Always an audio adventurist, it comes as no surprise that Harn Solo would join forces with fellow Left Coast lyricist and Prospek pard Caliobzvr for The Experiment. The endeavor takes the two through six separate sounds paired with six songwriting styles that showcases each artist for their individual inventiveness and collective creativity.

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Jurassic 5: The Way We Do It [Video]

Nas & Journey: Journey With Nas [Mixtape]

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Young Roddy f. Curren$y: While The Getting Good [Video]

Joey Bada$$ & Pro Era: The Shift [EP]

The beastly Brooklyn collective makes The Shift to a different design, quelling any question of whether or not they can shine just as bright over non-90s sounds.


Amerigo Gazaway presents Yasiin Gaye: The Departure (Side Two) [Teaser]

Terrace Martin f. 9th Wonder: Angel [Video]

Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Under New Order: Reality [Video]

Deltron 3030 f. Jamie Cullum: Do You Remember? [Video]

Atmosphere: Camera Thief [Video]

Nas & Cookin Soul: Soulmatic [Mixtape]

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Blueprint: Silver Lining [Video]

Zion I: Masters of Ceremony [Video]

Mac Miller: Faces [Mixtape]


Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Fire & Brimstone [Video]

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Blunt Club Oakland | Rocky Rivera & Are Too (04.25.14)

Clusterfunk Collective presents Take Five: DJ Platurn [Interview]

Founder of the Oakland Faders, father of The 45 Sessions and international man of mystery DJ Platurn stands at the forefront of vinyl culture, preserving the prestige of the medium that gave birth to it all. He recently checked in with us to give a glimpse into his global view, an idea of a new "Ingredient" he has in the works, and his plan for what's next.

"Take Five" to tap into the talent beyond the surface.

1.) Illugi, Luke, Platurn - are there alter egos attached to each name? If so, which is your favorite, and why?

There's less than 10 Illugis on the planet. 'Return Of The Jedi' was the first movie I saw in American theatres. Platurn means "plate turner", the literal translation for DJ in Icelandic. I have different colored capes for each one.

2.) To know you is to know you have strong views on global events, injustice and a strong connection to the community around you. What is your opinion on using your talent to express your beliefs? How do you balance how much you share without pissing people off? Do you even care if people are pissed as long as it sparks conversation and critical thinking?

I like to think that i'm tactful in expressing my frustration with the world. Anger is a useless emotion that carries you but a few feet. I love music and I love the art of DJing. I come from a long line of leaders that I respect in such a way that I feel like their message should be preserved -- I embrace the now, but the now wouldn't be shit if it wasn't for the years that led up to it. I think the ugliest aspects of technology are ignoring and quickly forgetting what it took to get here. Music is the most spiritual expression of humanity -- it shouldn't be fucked with or disrespected, only revered and used to do good for the world. That, in so many words, is all I aim to preserve and represent with my short time on this planet. I do care, but I scoff at useless debate. It's not a pissing contest -- i'm here to preserve and respect what I know to be the best of Hip-Hop & DJ culture.

3.) Given the success of "The Main Ingredient", would you and your wife, Michele (chef/owner, Astellar Production), consider a similar series to highlight your collective creativity?

Yes. There is a cookbook in the works, the most unique of its kind. More to come when the time is right ;) ;)

4.) In January, you threw down an amazing set at Boiler Room SF. We couldn't help but wonder what the Icelandic gentleman was saying in the intro. Why did you choose that snippet to start your set?

It's a skit from an old kids record that I grew up on. He says, 'Well my little children, now you get to see something weird", and then some additional jibber jabber after that. It's a long time favorite from my Icelandic kids records collection.

5.) Congratulations on the 4th Anniversary of the The 45 Sessions. Where do you think The 45 Sessions will be in the next four years? Or, what do you see it evolving into?

Hard to say. I never imagined it would be where it is today, and it's turned into this self-evolving thing that tends to re-invent itself on a regular basis. I can tell you right now that we're trying out some new things this year, and you'll just have to keep your eyes and ears peeled to find out what that is. The Sessions is a fan supported/donation based event -- it will be around for as long as people want it there.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Flowback Fridays: Glass Iko Candy Iko


Geto Boys: Glass Candy

The Dixie Cups: Iko Iko

Life + Times presents Decoded: Pharrell Williams (Allure & Change Clothes) [Video]

Bambu f. Killer Mike: Upset The Setup [Video]

Zion I: Libations [EP]

On the heels of the very boom bap oriented 'Masters of Ceremony' EP, Zion I drops 'Libations' the reflective 2nd installment of their 3 part series. 'This project was heavily influenced by one of my best friends passing away suddenly', states Zumbi, 'His death put me in a mood to really analyze my life and how short this existence really can be. It opened my eyes and heart to both the ugliness and beauty of what we experience while alive.' Hence, 'Libations" broods with reflection and deep emotion. 'To me, libation is when you honor someone by pouring out your brew before you sip, its a sort of prayer. On this EP, I poured out some liquor for my homie, as well as my family, and myself' shares Zumbi. The EP features production from AmpLive, Headnodic, and newcomer Featherload. It also has veteran MC's Mr Lif, Sadat X, and Opio featured prominently amongst others. Now ease back, and sip some of this heady wine from the Zion I cup.

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MadFro: Cannonball [Video]

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Atmosphere: Kanye West [Video]

Aesop Rock: The Blob [EP]

Aesop unlocks the archives to give fans a glimpse "beats & sounds that have otherwise been orphaned", most of which is "largely unmixed and occasionally offensive." Sounds good to us!


Asher Roth: The World Is Not Enough [Video]

Mick Boogie: Greetings, Earthling: Outkast Rarities & Remixes [Mix]

Mick joins the ranks of the many revisiting the dynamic Dirty South duo, beefing up 'Kast Rarities & Remixes with his special blend of Boogie.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Flowback Fridays: Runaway Time


Janet Jackson: Runaway

Michael Jackson: Remember The Time

Bay Area Graffiti: The Early Years [Video]

URB Magazine & DJ Platurn present URB Mixtape Series (Vol. 1): Crumblin' Erb (The Outkast Mix) [Mix]

To kickoff URB's newest series, the Oakland Faders and 45 Sessions founder revisits the discography of "dirty dungeon" duo Outkast. Check for the Hot 8 edit of Spottieottiedopaliscious and Platurn's own Used To Say Blend of Roses.

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