Experience Unlimited, Future Funk
Deep cuts and early sides from the creators of "Da Butt."
Initially inspired by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, E.U.'s Sugar Bear led his band to adopt a go-go beat after seeing a Rare Essence show in the late '70s. Over the years they would experiment with calypso and reggae, too, and had their biggest moment with the 1986 Billboard #1 R&B hit "Da Butt." But their rarer early sides are most prized by DJs and crate diggers. The first side of this 1982 album is rawer and looser than their slick later releases. Its second side — "Cranking at the Go-Go" — is a P-Funk-styled go-go opus crackling with energy and loaded up with massive breakdowns.