Category Archives: Funk and Soul

Gold Complex ‘Driver’

Toronto’s dynamic 8-piece band Gold Complex have released their new single ‘Driver’.Having regularly sold out renowned venues such as Lee’s Palace, The Horseshoe Tavern and the MOD Club as well as having back-to-back sold out showcases at Canadian Music Week, Gold Complex is grounded in their love for energetic live performance. Following the release of their self-titled EP (currently available worldwide), Gold Complex performed on camera and had their music licensed on the television series Open Heart, currently on Netflix. They have been in regular rotation on CBC Radio One, CUIT FM and college/community radio nationwide. The band is set to release their debut full-length album ‘New Soul’ on February 22nd.

‘Driver’ is a slinky slice of funk flavoured pop rock. Richly garnished this spicy number groves and glides with swagger swept through a three-piece horn section and smooth vocal harmonies. Very classy and chic these guys roll out a velvet carpet of suave instrumentation with a delicate melty melody caressed with soft passionate vocals and a steady beat. The steamy romantic horn section lifts and adds a vaporous quality to the tropical shuffling rhythm while the vibrant chorus twinkles with panache and vibrancy. With funky elements weaving between smooth sultry tones this full bodied number charms and teases its way through a sweet blend of genres. It’s modern, crisp and refined as Gold Complex pack this track to the brim with soul and zest.

Stream ‘Driver’ below


MUNKY ‘7am’

Grungy-disco four-piece MUNKY have released their new single ‘7am’. With an oh so smooth funky intro of soft taps and sweet backing vocal croons ‘7am’ glides in, swagger soaked locked and loaded to flood your ears with bluesy drenched bliss. With a moody bass line and mellow twinkles on guitar to start they ease you into the laid back sombre filled track. The song builds becoming more gritty and expressive as scratchy slivers of guitar wail and whine over an elastic rhythm. These guys know how to deliver a clean cut, crisp track while blurring it with wobbly psychedelia and adding a healthy dose of fuzz on top. Zachary Stephenson’s vocals agonise while slick grooves and sizzling riffs cruise in with bluesy sensuality and panache. The track builds to a massive instrumental crescendo that pierces through you with an intense jolt of electricity. Smothered in dark tones it’s a heavy hitter and who doesn’t love a good “do do do” lyric. These guys are maturing nicely if you thought their sound was good before check ‘7am’ out and be prepared to be blown away. Such refined production meticulous musicianship and intense sultry energy all packed into one perfectly timed brooding track. So good.

Watch the video for ‘7am’ here

 


Public Access TV ‘Lost In The Game’

Public Access T.V. have released another appetizer from their upcoming album ‘Street Safari’ which is set for release in February. ‘Lost In The Game’ is the second single teasing the glorious joys to come from the bands sophomore album. It’s a funky effortlessly smooth track that drifts in with swagger soaked vocals spread upon a sleek liquefying flaunty melody and buoyant rhythm. It’s stamped with the chicness and cruising swagger of this swanky four piece.  With an elastic exuberant bass teamed with vibrant shimmers on guitar its a rich luscious display. The brass elements and jazzy keys add a sprightly lift and wiggle-ready dynamism. It is oh so cool with a soul tinged hue smothered in infectious melodies, steamy guitar licks and a laid back disco vibe. It hits all the right spots and will have you grooving and boogieing in no time. Refined and smooth this number is an ear worm that charms its way into your brain leaving you uncontrollably bopping and sliding along the dance floor.

Stream ‘Lost In The Game’ below


Accidents in the Workplace ‘Wake Up’

Accidents in the Workplace have released their new single ‘Wake Up’ along with an accompanying video. It is the second single from the Dundalk based funk / rock band and was recorded in Black Mountain Studios, Co. Louth and produced by Alex Borwick of The Young Folk. The band were formed in early 2016 and made their live debut that June at Vantastival Music Festival. A string of captivating performances at various festivals and renowned venues over the last year has earned them a reputation of being a must-see act. ‘Wake Up’ is a swanky stomp and shake of infectious funky swagger. This track flexes and struts with sass, panache and sweltering flamboyance. Brimming with a rich luscious sound from triumphant brass bursts to snazzy guitar licks this track sprinkles a vibrant shower of sparkling chicness. With powerful expressive vocals teamed with shimmy and shake ready instrumentation this track comes to life and hits you with an instant rush of vitality. The keys bounce along the bass and drums with a spring and animation that is dance around the room ready. It’s well layered and meticulously crafted to bring a sweet oh so satisfying sound that is so cool, sassy, funkadelic and instantly likeable. Accidents In The Workplace bring a track that packs some serious muscle behind it’s pizzazz soaked giddy funk swagger. It’s dripping in finesse and displays a considerable musical depth through the bands lavish attention to detail.

Accidents In The Workplace will be supporting the amazing Jerry Fish on December 28th and have a headlining show on New Year’s Eve in The Spirit Store, Dundalk so make sure to check them out.

Watch the video for ‘Wake Up’ below


Public Access T.V. ‘MetroTech’

The boys are back, rejoice, New York’s finest Public Access T.V. have followed their stunning debut album, ‘Never Enough’, with their new release ‘MetroTech’. It’s the first single from the quartets upcoming sophomore album ‘Street Safari’ which is due for release February 2018. This effortlessly cool track seeps and oozes swagger, drenched in funkadelic bravado. It’s a chilled shuffle and strut of infectious funk. With a running elastic sensual bassline that pulls you to the dance floor and rich jittery rhythm this track cruises with finger clicking panache. So danceable, prance worthy and strut ready it’s the definition of slicked back flaunty flamboyance. Smooth sliding lyrics glide and lure while jagged sharp guitar injects a gritty, warm burst into the steamy track. Dripping in finesse it sizzles and burns hot vapor off every note while glissading on a mellow laid-back coolness. An exciting new track from the four-piece, can’t wait for the album.

 

Stream ‘MetroTech’ below

 


Endless Peaks ‘Fairweather’

Endless Peaks

Endless Peaks are a four piece indie rock band.The band are based on the South Coast of England in Bournemouth consisting of Lloyd Allen (Vocals/Lead Guitar), Luis Allen (Bass Guitar), Chanelle Smith (drums) and Connor Dean (keyboard). They have released their new single ‘Fairweather’ this week which shows us their smooth funky side. A soft rapid supple beat and flexible strutting bass introduce the track with a swank and prance that oozes slick magnetic swagger and style. Developing into a slower tempo that pulls you back from the groove and into a slow mosh with heavier instrumentation and distorted psychedelic guitars adding a drowsy intoxicated feel. Endless Peaks tugs you back into the funky bright verse just before you become consumed by the thick gooey pull of hallucinogenic spiralling keyboard and guitars. Smooth velvety vocals keep the track pliable and easing to the mind while the instrumentation seduce and coax you with its changing rhythms and magnetic panache.
Stream ‘Fairweather’ below

Tameca Jones

Tameca Jones is a soul starlet from Austin, TX. She has made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” for her amazing ability to go from soulful wailing to silky coos effortlessly. This has won her devoted fans, accolades, and some high profile situations . She has opened for Austin super stars Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider and other big touring acts. Jones has received major love from Billboard Magazine for her white hot performance at the 2015 Austin Music Awards, where she paid tribute to late beloved musician Ian McLagan alongside legends like Steven Van Zandt, Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, and Patty Griffin. Even Gary Clark Jr., asked her to sing on the song “Wings” for his latest album. With Jones set to release her highly anticipated debut EP this year there is no stopping her.
Jones has released her new singles ‘Hot and Bothered’ and ‘Head Over Heels’ from her forthcoming EP and they are bursting with infectious funky soul pop and smooth catchy melodies. ‘Hot and Bothered,’ is a Motown inspired track produced by Josh Moore (Max Frost). This track exudes swagger and confidence and cool strutting attitude. Jones’ vocals are smooth like honey and bursting with sass. This track stands out, grabs your attention and makes you groove. Everything about it is natural its not forced it flows fluently with its cheeky soul that knocks you back. Its a “strut down the street with confidence” feel good track. With soft bouncy percussion that has an impulsive dancing effect and sensual bass that holds the provocative vibe yet is still subtle and tasteful, full of class and beaming with energy.
‘Head Over Heels’ is a soulful and emotional track. Jones’ vocals again shine in this track. She has the ability to pull your heart as she conveys the pain and raw emotion with every note, while still holding a strong feminine independent persona that you get from her vocals. She exposes a heartbreaking passionate and longing tone that knocks you for six. The soft instrumentation lets Jones’ amazing vocals take the main focus while the gentle lull of the backing vocals reinforce the wistful tone. You feel every emotion in this beautiful heartfelt track.

Tameca Jones is a rare gem with incredible vocal abilities that tell a story and can bring you on an emotional journey but can also boost you up, give you confidence and strength and get those hips gyrating. Looking forward to the EP!
Stream ‘Hot and Bothered’ and ‘Head Over Heels’ below

 

 

 

 

Little Grim ‘Sparks’

 

Little Grim the South London quartet have released the video for their new single “Sparks”, ahead of its release on Newspeak Records on June 3rd. Its a 70’s funk and soul track which shows us another side to Little Grim. With a rhythmic groove on bass and syncopated guitar riffs with the classic wah-wah sound effect of the 70’s. This track makes you want to strut your stuff turn on a disco ball and dance. The video is portrayed as a 1970s British gangster film and was produced by film-makers Do Not Entry and stars Chris Fairhall, as a rough, scar-faced gangster hell bent on a violent journey to recover his missing wife.
The band are embarking on ‘The Indie Heroes Tour’ a project which will see them play a series of live shows at independent music venues across the UK starting at Southampton’s Pre Bar on May 5th, make sure you check them out.

Watch ‘Sparks’ below