PRAISE POEMS 6 - A JOURNEY INTO DEEP SOULFUL JAZZ & FUNK FROM THE 1970s
Fantastic sounds from this always-great series – one that's always got an unassuming title, but which always turns us onto a great range of songs we've never heard before! As with previous volumes, the approach here is really unique – not really spiritual jazz, or righteous soul – but often somewhere in between – the kinds of cuts that maybe never fully got noticed at the time because they were so unique! There's a very deep vibe to the whole thing – music that lifts the spirit and heals the mind – but never in a way that's as hokey as that might sound. Instead, the set's full of work by artists who got great inspiration from the more righteous new trends of the late 60s, then really took the music in their own direction with these recordings. Titles include "Going Crazy" by Fusion, "For What It's Worth" by Cesar's Children, "Things I Could Be" by Monopoly, "Cherokee" by Verses, "For All The Good Times" by Rama Dyushambee, "White Bird" by Flood, "Melting The Ice" by Michael Kiser, "Sunshine You'll Love It" by Alan Burton, "Betcha Never Knew" by Federico Cervantes, "Freeom" by Daybreak, and "Feeling The Sunshine" by Waves. © 1996-2018, Dusty Groove, Inc
SOULIVE – CINEMATICS
The cover here is a bit different than usual for a Soulive release, and the sound is a bit different too – as the trio definitely explore some of the cinematic funk modes promised in the title! The drums are heavy and the keyboards are warm, but there's also modes here that go back farther than their usual 70s-styled groove – as the keyboards of Neal Evans and drums of Alan Evans mix with these flowing, chromatic lines from the guitar of Eric Krasno. The set's just an EP, but all the songs are great – and titles include "Kings March", "Bluebird", "Waves", "Millers Last Stand", and "Sidekick". (Includes download!) ~ Dusty Groove
MONKEY - INTERMITTENT WAVES
SquidHat Records has announced the release of Intermittent Waves, the new album from Monkey. Availalble digitallly, on CD or limited edition orange vinyl nationally and internationally through MVD Entertainment. The street date is 5/5/18.The hardest working band on the West Coast is back with their sizzling sixth album! This 5 piece high-energy ska group from the SF Bay Area is famous for intense live shows and rock-steady rhythms that not only get the crowds dancing but have won them several awards, including the prestigious California Music Award. Monkey sets the pace for in-your-face ska, performing over 200 shows per year, while constantly recording and touring. and promote their music or performances, develop their brand and image, and increase their exposure to a larger audience.