On the 11th the US funk-rock outfit released the single Honeycomb.
I realise there is a mystery to my genre-definitions – though there is some semblance of sense to them – ‘funk something’ indicating that the music starts by snaking the lower spine and hips whilst ‘funkadelic something’ intimates of immediate bending in the ankles and knee – both with shoulders involved. All genre descriptors are based on which part of the physical body or mind is first fired and what next as the music emerges through the speakers – bear with me…
…Honeycomb (available on bandcamp) immediately has the listener – in order – grinding their lower spine and hips with the rhythm riding up the vertebrae to discover shoulders swaying in free-flow prior to all joints hanging out with the dance moves ‘funk-rock’ – hit play – and you will then understand more of how this site is configured.
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The Canadian funk-rock band The Altobeelays released the LP Weaponized Magik earlier in the month.
Weaving in threads of jazz, rock, funk, soul and the occasional hip-hop – The Altobeelays deliver a well designed tapestry for the audience to spend time. Their music continually has a frenetic hive of activity going on at anyone time providing it a sense of extemporisation and resulting in the output having a natural organic flow which holds attention.
Spending much of their time on the road, the collection of eight songs on Weaponized Magik, which is available directly from their website, affords both those who have seen them in live performance and those who haven’t the opportunity to recreate their own party at home.
By way of an introduction the opening track Psycho Jungle.
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The Canadian funk-rock sextet Bombargo released the LP – We Are Bombargo – earlier in the month.
The deeply grooving sounds of Bombargo find the listener connecting their rib-cage to the hip bone such is the funky sway of the tracks. The sextet don’t use the numerous players to add volume, rather smooth the steps of the pulsating rhythms. This is music in which to take to the dance-floor wearing a white fedora and enjoy the mix.
Currently on an extensive Western Canada Tour – if you are in the vicinity, well worth getting out to see when they are in town. For those of us who aren’t in Western Canada – my selection from the album is the second of the ten tracks – Pour Me Another.
We Are Bombargo – Bombargo is available on iTunes.*
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The Parade is a funk-rock band from Birmingham in England comprising – Sebastian Storm (Vocals / Guitar), Andy Foster (Bass), David O’Malley (Keyboards) and Simon Fox (Drums).
Formed last year The Parade offer bending guitars to the ears as they deliver a modern take of 70’s funk, a style of music I have noticed gaining traction over the past few months as current synthetics and recording techniques have enabled funk to billow with greater largesse than in original formation.
Mixing up sharply escarping stanzas with flowing electronics finds the listener involuntary shoulder swerving as the dips and grooves slide around the room.
Still in the early stages, only recently starting to take the band out on the road, there are at present only a few songs to hear by The Parade, though what I have heard indicate the quartet have the abilities to take the retro, brush down the velvet jackets and deliver a sound that has a sense of the here and now.
Back in 2013 Secret Oktober were introduced, however as with many of the bands reviewed over the years they have since dissolved and Sebastian and Andy have joined forces with two others with a very different mood music. I look forward to hearing more.
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