Valenti “Funk” Thomas is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Irving. After becoming proficient at several instruments, he joined funk/reggae group the Effinays in 2010, where he shared the stage with Snoop Dogg (Lion), Grammy-award winning Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma and country music artist Jack Ingram. While in this group, Valenti composed the music for the eleven songs of his forthcoming self-titled album, from which this track, Some Mo’, is taken.
Starting with a short intro consisting of alternating bars of 3/4 and 5/4, it then launches into an up tempo funk track with an instantly memorable synth riff and a taut, funky bassline. We then hear the soulful female vocals of LaLa Johnson over choppy high-end guitar and rhythmic piano for the succinct verse, which leads straight to the chorus. The hook is extremely simple and catchy (“I like it, I love it, and I want some mo’…”), the music lifted by some unpredictable chord changes that showcase Valenti’s musicality and inventiveness.
Lyrically, it’s an ode to good times and people’s sexual tastes: “Some like ’em black, some like ’em white, some like to take their time and try them all for the night…’. Funk has long been the domain of amorous subject matter, and this song upholds that tradition nicely! After the second chorus there is a middle section with some gorgeous stacked vocal harmonies, before a synth solo and another blast through the chorus takes us to the end.
Overall, with superb musicianship and songwriting craft, plus a stellar vocal performance from LaLa Johnson, it all adds up a blistering piece of funk that Stevie Wonder would approve of. Like Stevie, Valenti is a versatile musician/songwriter and I’m looking forward to hearing his debut album, which should help to establish him as a major talent.
Verdict: 8.6 out of 10