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Royalty Free Funk Music

The origins of Funk music can be traced back to the late 1960's with artists such as James Brown "The Godfather of Soul", the MG's, Sly & The Family Stone, and The Meters. Growing out of soul music, funk de-emphasized melody and harmony, bringing rhythm to the foreground. We have royalty free funk music of the highest quality, available for instant download. Funk recordings often consisted of a complex groove in which every instrument played a different 'groove' or rhythm, with all the sounds fitting together to make a complete musical picture. Whole song sections, such as verses or chorus, may be written without a chord change, relying on the rhythm of the various instruments to give the song its feel and flavour.

Perhaps the most creative artist of early funk music was George Clinton, whose bands Parliament and Funkadelic adopted the ethos of the current psychedelic counterculture and created a sound that mixed jazz, soul, and also drew on elements of white rock music.

Funk music has had an influence on many other musical styles through to the present day. The acid jazz movement of the 1990's could be seen as a funk revival, featuring artists such as The Brand New Heavies and Jamiroquai. The relationship between Hip Hop and funk music is probably unique in musical history. Hip Hop is based on sampling funk records of the 60's and 70's, so funk music can be described as the building material for hip hop.

If royalty free funk music is what you need to satisfy your production requirements, we have a valuable resource in our comprehensive stock of buyout funk music, as well as many other genres in our royalty free music library.

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