The new single “R U Freaky” by Popz is a Funk Jam masterpiece. A seventy three year old singer/songwriter/producer, Popz has just released this new single, and it is and amazing throwback with a modern vibe to the music of the sixties, seventies and eighties, think Cameo, Ohio Players, George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic and even Kool & The Gang.
Funk originated in the 1960’s as a rhythmic, danceable form of music that blended elements of jazz, soul and R&B, emphasizing harmony and melody and having a nasty bass line. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s funk music became more popular, elevating it’s status as a niche genre. The best funk bands seamlessly unite fans from across different sexes, races, and nationalities behind their desire to lose themselves in the music, and yes, to dance. “R U Freaky” by Popz does exactly that, and does it as well as anyone I have ever heard. As a solo artist, Popz kills it ala Bootsy Collins, and with a full sound you would think there were many members in his posse.
Popz “R U Freaky” brings back the incredible sound that is the lifeblood of R&B. Although love songs have forever been the bedrock of R&B, funk is the bombastic side of the genre, filled with elastic guitar riffs, funky horns, and creative synthesize playing. Popz knocks it out of the park.
Popz is based out of California today, but honed his musical roots in Columbus, Ohio, where he has been involved in the music industry for many years. He had a Billboard hit with the single “Freaky People” as lead singer of the Crowd Pleasers, which was in the late seventies. He is a seasoned singer, songwriter, producer and evens works as a vocal coach, and is a member of the Recording Academy, a BMI member, and a proud inductee to the Columbus Ohio Music Hall Of Fame. Popz has SWAG, talent and a potential new hit on the charts. A mid-tempo single that has a slow and mesmerizing groove that makes you want to get Freaky whether you are or not.
At 73 years old, Popz is releasing music that is refreshing, funky, and a breath of fresh air. Recording what he knows from a time gone by, but with a much more modern flair, “R U Freaky” is sure to please the older generation of music lovers that love the nostalgia of an era when music was really good, and the new younger generation of music lovers will be in awe of the new sound that they are unfamiliar with, but that encapsulates the listener from the first few bars. All of the sudden everything old is new again, and as in the theme song from James Bond’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “Nobody Does It Better.” This is true of Popz and his new single “R U Freaky.” In the funk genre today, “Nobody Does It Better” than Popz, and I highly recommend getting his new single today.