Funk music legend Bootsy Collins teamed with New York-based DJ/producer Chew Fu for a thumping new remix of his James Brown tribute, “JB — Still the Man” on what would’ve been the Godfather of Soul’s, 86th birthday on May 3rd.
Years before he linked up with Parliament and Funkadelic, Collins served as the bassist for Brown’s famous backing band, the J.B.’s, during a short but prolific period recorded such classics as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing” and “Super Bad.” The 67-year-old artist captured the classic soul grooves of these hits on the original “JB — Still the Man,” which appeared on his 2011 album Tha Funk Capital of the World.
The new Chew Fu revamp reworks the steady soul of the original into an ecstatic funk anthem centered around a relentless kick drum and grouping of thunderous horns. The accompanying video features tributes to James Brown from a variety of guests including Al Sharpton, Sheila E, Les Claypool, Sean Lennon, Christian McBride, drummer Bernard Purdie, trombonist Fred Wesley and American Idol singer Uche. Check out the whole presentation below.