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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Menahan Street Band

Make The Road By Walking (Dunham 2008)

The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (Dave Guy, Homer Steinweiss, Fernando Velez, Bosco Mann), El Michels Affair (Leon Michels, Toby Pazner), Antibalas (Nick Movshon, Aaron Johnson) and The Budos Band (Mike Deller, Daniel Fodder), brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their other projects into the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush. Their debut album, Make the Road by Walking will be released on Dunham Records, Brenneck’s new imprint of Daptone Records, a joint venture devoted to bringing the Menahan Street sound from Brenneck’s bedroom out into the world. The album is marked by eerily quirky arrangements, featuring vibes, horns, piano, organ, percussion and even a strange bling sound that Brenneck creates by tuning and plucking the strings of his guitar on the wrong side of the bridge. However, it is not the textures themselves that make the new sound of Menahan Street so exciting, but rather the way the sounds are incorporated into the heavy rhythms and bold melodies of the compositions.


01.) Make the Road by Walking
02.) Tired of Fighting
03.) Home Again!
04.) Montego Sunset
05.) Karina
06.) The Traitor
07.) The Contender
08.) Birds
09.) Esma
10.) Going the Distance


Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Bamboos

Side-Stepper (Tru Thoughts 2008)

The Bamboos are Australia's masters of raw, old school Funk breaks and super-heavy Soul. Led by Guitarist Lance Ferguson (AKA Lanu), other members include Kylie Auldist (Vocals), Dustin Mclean/Ben Grayson (Hammond Organ), Danny Farrugia (Drums), Yuri Pavlinov (Bass), Anton Delecca (Sax/Flute) and Ross Irwin (Trumpet). The Bamboos formed in 2001 and released the 7" single 'Eel Oil/Blackfoot', earning them international acclaim from the likes of Snowboy, Mr Scruff, Jazzanova, Patrick Forge and Russ Dewbury. Their next release 'Tighten Up/Voodoo Doll' was picked up by Kenny Dope (Masters At Work) and Keb Darge (Legendary Deep Funk) for their U.S-based imprint Kay-Dee Records. Making their home at Tru Thoughts records (home to Quantic and Alice Russell) in 2005, The Bamboos debut album ‘Step it Up’ was released jointly by Tru Thoughts and Ubiquity Records (US). In 2004 and 2005 The Bamboos toured Australia and New Zealand alongside Quantic and Alice Russell to universal acclaim. In 2006 and 2007 The Bamboos toured Europe and the U.K, bringing their unmistakable sound to venues including The Jazz Café in London and countries including Germany, Spain, Ireland, Italy and Belgium. The Bamboos live shows have evolved into non-stop mixtape-style throw-downs that draw the links between Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and old-school Breaks. The Bamboos have performed at events including Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, The West Coast Blues & Roots Festival, Golden Plains, The Adelaide Festival, The St Kilda Festival, The Sydney Festival, Trop Fest and have appeared on the ABC TV Show ‘Sunday Arts’ The Bamboos music has been featured in high rating TV Shows such as ‘Greys Anatomy’ (US) and ‘Ugly Betty’ (US) The last Bamboos album ‘Rawville’ was described by IDJ magazine (UK) as ‘Arguably the best Funk album of the modern era…” Out through U.K’s Tru Thoughts, it was JBHiFi, Radio National and 3PBS FM’s ‘album of the week’ upon release in May 2007. It was in ABC Australia’s Top 5 Albums for 2007


01.) Nightsport
02.) Tears Cried feat. Kylie Auldist
03.) Now That You Are Mine feat. Kylie Auldist
04.) King Of The Rodeo feat. Megan Washington
05.) Funky Buttercup
06.) Can't Help Myself feat. TY
07.) One Man Entourage
08.) Make It Real feat. Kylie Auldist
09.) Move On feat. Paul MacInnes
10.) The Side Stepper
11.) Amen Brother


Mr. Confuse

Feel The Fire (Légère Recordings 2008)

Mr Confuse is a producer & DJ from Hannover/Germany. He is a record collector since 1993 and started DJing in 1999. After years of DJing and party promoting he started also producing music in 2004. In early 2005 he founded a producer team called Breakout. He came up with the idea of reworking the 80s classic “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa transforming it into a heavy funk tune. The tune was released on 7” and shortly after on 12” including also a jazzy version of “Planet Rock” regarding to the massive international attention in 2006/2007. In early 2007 the Breakout project split. In summer 2007 Breakout’s final 7” The Funky Goofball/Lyve Wire was released. 2007 remained a busy year. Mr. Confuse released three MixCDs (Catch The Beat, Confunktion and Brazilian Cuts) with different musical focus, followed by several compilation releases of his productions. In September 2008 Mr. Confuse full length solo album "Feel The Fire" was released on DLP, CD and digital. The album includes 14 songs. Two of the album songs are Cover versions of Debbie Deb’s Freestyle Classics “Lookout Weekend” and “When I Hear Music” in a heavy seventies Funk style. Lookout Weekend was also released as 12” Vinyl including Vocal, Instrumental, Accapella, Lack of Afro Remix and a Remix of the album song Groovin’ On The Spot by Mash & Munkee.

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01.) Hurricane Jane (Introduction)
02.) Lookout Weekend
03.) Going Somewhere
04.) Balkan Funk
05.) It's Just A Blues
06.) Do It Right Now
07.) Lay It Down
08.) Feel The Fire
09.) En Movimiento
10.) Groovin' On The Spot
11.) The Groove Merchant
12.) When I Hear Music
13.) Imovel
14.) The Arrrgh Theme (Outroduction)

Monday, October 6, 2008

MFSB Muthafunkinsonofabitch

The Truth Behind The Philli Legend (Funkadelphia 2008)

Precise details as to the origins of these 16 instrumental tracks are thin on the ground. None of them are actually credited to MFSB (although the CD as a whole is), and while a few are noted as having been recorded in 1968, 1969, or 1973, over half the cuts are undated. The liner notes -- which actually only consist of five extended quotes from figures involved with MFSB -- aren't much help, although they do scatter hints that these cuts represent MFSB recording under pseudonyms. So an educated guess would presume that these tracks -- credited to no less than twelve separate artists, including such colorful names as Electric Indian (whose "Keem-O-Sabe," a Top Twenty hit in 1969, is the only well known item here), French Connection, Race Street Chinatown Band, and Brothers of Hope, and such mundane handles as Sam Reed Band -- are in fact MFSB recording under different names in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Some celebrated figures are involved in the production and songwriting, including Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Len Barry, but the specifics of their involvement aren't fully spelled out. But while the lack of background information is frustrating, the music itself is pretty cool. This is indeed the sound of Philadelphia soul turning into funk, but rawer and closer to the bone than most of the famous recordings on which MFSB were the backing players (and certainly rawer than MFSB's own hit recordings). All of the instrumental elements of the Philly soul sound are here: tight grooves, funky guitars, neat riffs, and overlays of jazzy vibraphones. It sounds earthier than much famous Philly soul of the era, though, in part because most of the tracks aren't decorated with horns or soothing strings, putting the most cutting ingredients in relief. That's particularly true of some of the guitar work, which sometimes goes into nifty wah-wah, and at others (especially on Hidden Cost's "Bo Did It") even verges on what sounds like Cream/Yardbirds-influenced hard rock lines. It's true that much of this does sound like promising backing tracks waiting for vocal overdubs, and that none of them (except "Keem-O-Sabe") particularly sound like they're instrumental-only hits waiting to happen. Yet this incompleteness is also part of what makes this obscure release interesting, allowing us to dig the root of the Philly sound without the sweeteners in a pretty unadulterated state. Much of it's indeed funky as a, well, mutha, and no doubt it will eventually be plundered by twenty-first century samplers looking for something that few competitors are even aware exist.


01.) Interpretations - Trippin'
02.) Brothers Of Hope - Nickol Nickol
03.) Interpretations - Jason Pew Mosso (Part Two)
04.) Hidden Cost - Bo Did It (Long Version)
05.) Hidden Cost - Vibrations (Long Version)
06.) Daley Diggers - I Can Dig It
07.) Sam Reed Band - Ambassador'S Theme
08.) Sam Reed Band - Jimmy Bishop Theme
09.) Alliance - Cupid'S Holding
10.) Cupit - Squeeze Your Knees
11.) Race Street Chinatown Band - Egg Foo Wa Wa
12.) Electric Indian - Keem O Sabe
13.) French Connection - Monte Carlo
14.) Electric Indian - My Cherie Amour
15.) Pat & The Blenders - Just Because (Instrumental)
16.) Ando Orchestra - Ando'S Theme