P-Funk Relatives Plan Debut

Self-titled album from Funk Kin due early next year.

They're not the clones of Dr. Funkenstein, just the sons and brothers of some of the members of George Clinton's legendary Parliament-Funkadelic crew releasing an album under the moniker Funk Kin.

The group features Nowell Haskins, whose father, Clarence "Fuzzy" Haskins, helped found Parliament in 1969. Also on board are P-Funk member Garry Shider's brothers Nate and Tim Shider, as well as Keith Thomas, whose dad, Grady Thomas, provided backup vocals on Parliament's 1970 album, Rhenium.

Parliament and Funkadelic's experimental yet accessible funk and R&B grew out of Clinton's New Jersey doo-wop group, the Parliaments, in the late 1960s. Clinton and his group of musicians, including former James Brown bassist Bootsy Collins, recorded under both names during the 1970s and scored #1 R&B hits with "Flash Light" (1977), "One Nation Under a Groove" (1978) (RealAudio excerpt) and "Aqua Boogie" (1979).

Funk Kin's self-titled debut is set for release early next year, according to the group's label, J-Bird Records.

Clinton, whose last studio album was 1996's T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M., continues to tour with the P-Funk Allstars.