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Monday, June 9, 2008


With a lively, evocative set of covers and original material, Los Angeles-based ensemble Orgone brought new attention to the funk revivalist and jam band circuits when they launched their recording career with Ubiquity Records in the mid- to late 2000s.
Orgone's sound hosts a myriad groove-oriented styles, including but not limited to deep funk, '60s Memphis soul/blues, Fela-inspired Afro-beat, hip-hop, Latin jazz, and electronic dance and house. Many of the band's musicians started playing together in the early '90s, but Orgone did not develop into a tight-knit ensemble until the end of the decade. The core lineup of the band eventually came to consist of Sergio Rios (guitar), Dan Hastie (Rhodes, clavinet, Hammond B-3 organ), Sean O'Shea (drums), Ethan Phillips (bass), Stewart Killen (various percussion), Darren Cardoza (trombone), Devin Williams (trumpet), and Joel Bowers (saxophone).
Other than working live jam sessions, Orgone mainly backed hip-hop acts on tour or in the studio until around 2001 when bandmembers saw vocalist Fanny Franklin perform with L.A.-based hip-hop orchestra Dakah. With Franklin added to the mix, the funk jam band was more eager to make its own recordings, cutting one of their earliest songs, a cover of the Beginning of the End's '70s funk hit "Funky Nassau," for Ubiquity compilation Rewind! 4 (2004). While Orgone served as the on-stage band for the likes of Little Brother, the Pharcyde, Pharoahe Monch, and Tone-Loc, Ubiquity issued their I Get Lifted 12" and The Duck Gravy 7" in spring 2007. All of these singles appeared on their debut album, The Killion Floor, released later that October

The Killion Floor (Ubiquity, 2007)

A monstrous debut from one of the heaviest acts we've heard in years -- LA's Orgone, easily one of the most up-and-coming funky combos around! Although Orgone share a bit with some of the leaner deep funk groups who've cropped up in the past decade or so, they've also got a sound that's a bit more advanced overall -- sort of that second-generation approach to funk that hit the scene by the mid 70s, as some of the bigger funk acts like Black Heat or War moved out of the indie scene and really started to hit a wider audience! That doesn't mean that Orgone's commercial at all -- because they've got a sound that's still as sharp-edged as any smaller group -- but with a lineup that's quite large, they're able to encompass a very wide range of soulful styles -- gritty 45 riffing, slinky Chicano-styled grooves, Afro Funk, tighter soul tracks, and lots lots more -- all carried off with perfection throughout. The album feels like some lost masterpiece on Fantasy, or possibly some overlooked early 70s major label funk set on WEA or United Artists -- and titles include "Who Knows Who", "I Get Lifted", "Funky Nassau", "Lone Ranger", "Prism Break", "Crabby Ali", "Duck & Cover", "Dialed Up", "Said & Done", "Hambone", "It's What You Do", "Do Your Thing", and "Sophisticated Honky".

1. Easin'
2. Who Knows Who
3. Sophisticated Honky
4. Do Your Thing
5. A Wot
6. It's What You Do
7. I Get Lifted
8. Hambone
9. Dialed Up
10. Justice League
11. Funky Nassau
12. Lone Ranger
13. Prism Break
14. Said And Done
15. Duck & Cover
16. Crabby Ali
17. Easin'

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