Dallas-based Valenti Funk creates music that is cross-genre, expressive, and ultimately a reflection of not only him but all of the musicians that he creates with. The tracks on Valenti are a blast of funk (with special nods to George Clinton), reggae, and jazz. Every track is filled with powerful energy that invites you to dance or to chill the hell out. In either case, you can tell that Valenti Funk has honed his craft as a musician and songwriter to the point that it seems effortless (even though some of the lines, both rhythmic and melodic, are quite complex). It is a true pleasure to give this record a listen, I suggest you do the same.
Valenti is available on iTunes
Big Mean Sound Machine works as a unit to create music that is a nod to its influences (including Afrobeat, Dance, Experimental, and Funk). They respect and clearly have a deep understanding of the traditions they hold up while also creating a sound that is all its own. Their talent got the attention at one point of Tony Allen (Nigerian pioneer and co-creator of afrobeat with Fela Kuti and the Africa 70), whom they had the honor of playing with. The grooves, the harmonies, the ambient effects, the experimental melodies, and ultimately the spirit behind the music on Runnin’ for the Ghost results in music that you feel in your core. The songs call for you to get up and move.
Runnin’ for the Ghost can be found on iTunes
The Austin, Texas band Flyjack considers their record New Day to be “a love letter to late 60’s and early 70’s rare groove, soul and deep funk.” There certainly is a throw-back to these eras, especially with the opening track, on this record. There is also, however, a modern approach that show Flyjack’s own musical sensibilities that is full of unbridled love for music and social justice. The record is a groove-fest (especially with the drums and bass) that also touches on issues of racial and gender inequality here in the United States that our society often ignores.
The psychedelic angle of New Day is a welcome return to an era where music was legit, but the band also gives their own approach. New Day is a fun ride.
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