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The Budos Band

The Budos Band

Daptone Records

8 piece dark-funksters The Budos Band’s 2005 debut album features a series of horn-heavy, retro-styled instrumental funk tracks with crisply produced breakbeat drums and an organic live production sound that could have been from the 1970s or the 2000s. There’s the vaguest hint of unease to their material - it’s all quality funk and soul, but their reverb-heavy take on Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘Sing A Simple Song’ for example, somehow made a sunny song into something rather more queasy and moody. Overall, it’s sophisticated, dusty, old-school flavoured contemporary funk.

Harold Heath

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