Most of the Young Americans sessions, which began on August 11, 1974, were at Sigma Sounds Studios in Philadelphia, where the producer/songwriter team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff recorded the likes of The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, and Billy Paul, among others, on their Philadelphia International Records label. In addition, famed Philly ...
That would be a Talk Box (the track referenced in your questions is listed on the Wikipedia page).
The gadget works by having a small loudspeaker linked by plastic tube to the musician's mouth, allowing the shaping of notes with the mouth, much as a singer would.
There is a nice clip on YouTube of Peter Frampton using such a device.
Wheat's excellent answer covers the context, but read on for an (admittedly subjective) evaluation of the musical differences:
R&B has encompassed many different styles over its lifetime, and continues to be a term in current usage today. In general, it has typically meant the style of vocals-oriented pop music most popular among "urban" (black) ...
"Straight" is an adjective with many different meanings, but in a context like this, it means "unmixed with other things" (as in "straight whiskey"). Therefore, "straight funk" is funk as its own independent genre, as opposed to "jazz funk," "pop funk", "G-funk",
psychedelic funk, or "funk rock."
Given the referenced era, he's probably thinking about ...
The opening segment of the track is heavily blues influenced but as it transitions it begins to have a bit of a funk groove to it.
Wiki: "Stuff developed a danceable rhythm and blues and funk sound, the likes of which had not been heard since the days of the Harlem Swing Bands of the 40s and 50s."
I'm not very good in genre naming, but it is close to what we call Chanson Française or Variété.
This is a typical style in France so I will suggest only songs in French (I don't have english suggestions in mind right now).
Debout sur le Zinc - Mieux que Rien
Renan Luce - La Lettre
Les VRP - Léo
Check out those bands and related tracks and you will ...
This section is not a sample itself, although it's always possible it was sampled by another song.
However, I suspect that it's just reminding you strongly of some other song. It sounds almost like a Prince riff to me, similar but not identical to the early parts of 1999.
I couldn't find the full lyrics either, but this YouTube video had some of them within the video itself. I transcribed the rest. As with my answer to your question about Dazz Band's "Open Sesame", there are a few lines I'm unsure of. Also note that I transcribed the lyrics of shorter version (about 3.5 minutes) of this song, rather than the 8.5 minute 12" ...
Couldn't find a transcript of the lyrics, so I decided to transcribe them myself. There were two lines I couldn't fully figure out, hopefully somebody else would be able to lend a helping hand.
Ooh wooh wooh
Girl, you're magical, you're mystical
You're everything I need.
But baby, you've been playing hard to get.
But there's ...
Looking Stuff up on Wikipedia, it seems as though they are a jazz-funk band. Listening to that track, I'd be inclined to say that that song is also jazz-funk, or at the very least instrumental funk. The album on which "Stuff" appears (also called Stuff) was produced by a jazz drummer named Herb Lovelle, and a jazz/R&B producer named Tommy LiPuma, further ...