François K’s Favorite Danceable and Funky Records

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If you need to funk up your day but quick, here’s your ticket: The French-born DJ François Kevorkian, a longtime New Yorker and legendary resident of Paradise Garage and Studio 54, has put together a list of more than 100 of his favorite “danceable and funky” records—nearly 12 hours in all. Covering disco, soul, electro-funk, and styles much further afield, the playlist ignores genre distinctions in order to focus on the all-important feel of funk: Thus we get Ian Dury, King Sunny Ade, Wally Badarou, and Can alongside Bar-Kays, Bootsy Collins, and James Brown. His selections are nicely balanced between oldies-but-goodies and the kinds of obscurities that only fanatical crate-diggers are likely to know. And while you could dance to all of it, the mix of tempos and moods—from snapping electronic cadences to deep-in-the-pocket live grooves—makes the playlist just as well suited to working, working out, and road-tripping. Consider your mind freed; the rest is up to you.