Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Hot Funk Lava

While I'm handing over some funk for ya, I thought I'd point the way to this exceptional bunch of Staton Island, Afro-Soul Funksters The Budos Band and their sharp stripped down and mesmerising self titled album on the very cool Daptone Records. Undoubtedly influenced by label mates Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Sugarman 3 & The Mighty Imperials, The Budos Band do their particularly cosmic take on raw afro soul with a kind of deep nostalgic timing and lush orchestration, yet there is an undeniable energy and enthusiasm about their instrumental work. Of course the erupting volcano on the album sleeve appropriately captures the essence of what's going on here, deep heat rising to the surface, exploding above the horizon, smouldering and singeing everything it touches in great hypnotic paths of blackened hot lava. 'Eastbound' is one of my favorite's from this great album, check it out.


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