The Budos Band II

The Budos Band II

by The Budos BandThe Budos Band


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This Brooklyn-based instrumental collective combines slow-burn Afro-beat rhythms with a '70s soul-jazz aesthetic, the latter sound well-known by those already familiar with the Daptone label's other releases. The retro, almost blaxploitation soundtrack groove pushes the predominantly Afro style into American soul territory. They call it "Afro-soul", which neatly sums up the style but doesn't entirely do it justice; only hearing it does. Horns and horn charts dominate, which, because these sessions were recorded live in the studio, exude a spark and swing that are somewhat ominous yet hypnotically contagious. The band cites both the Sugarman 3 and Antibalas as influences, and the resulting mélange is the flash point between those two acts. Unlike much Afro-beat, the Budos Band's songs are compact, with only two extended past four minutes. Titles such as "King Cobra," "Scorpion," and "Ride or Die" emphasize the underlying danger inherent in the vibe. Most impressive, though, is the collaborative aspect at work here. None of the solos are extended and the concise track times keep the music sharp and taut, creating a mood and getting out. There's a strong R&B undercurrent, especially in the bass on "His Girl," an innovative rewrite of the Temptations' "My Girl." "Origin of Man" practically begs to be the soundtrack to a film noir, and much of this would work as backing music to a typical '70s grindhouse flick, which is a high compliment. Its swirling sound crosses genres and eras with effortless precision, joining world-roots-funk with the thumping urban groove of the Western world.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/07/2007
Label: Daptone
UPC: 0823134001121
catalogNumber: 11

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Budos Band   Primary Artist
Cochemea Gastelum   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Andrew Greene   Trumpet,Group Member
Robert Lombardo   Bongos,Conga,Group Member
Thomas Brenneck   Electric Guitar,Group Member
Vincent Balestrino   Tambourine,Shekere,Group Member
Mike Deller   farfisa organ,Group Member
Daniel Foder   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Brian Profilio   Drums,Group Member
Daisy Sugarman   Flute,Group Member
Jared Tankel   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Dave Guy   Trumpet,Group Member

Technical Credits

Anandji   Composer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer,Executive Producer
Budos Band   Composer
Manny Osou   Cover Photo
Daisy Sugarman   Executive Producer
Ed Vidarres   Art Direction

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