Life I love you, all is groovy…
Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro: Look Around the Corner
Quantic is Will Holland, British producer and groove merchant now residing in Columbia. This album featuring a full band and Alice Russell on vocals is a barrel full of boogaloo. Punctuated equally by funky rhythms, popping bongos, flutes and even lush strings this feels simultaneously throwback and forward looking. This album is an open bag of Doritos: to take one is to devour the whole lot of it. Dare you not to love this.
Spotify: Quantic & Alice Russell – Look Around the Corner (with The Combo Barbaro)
Erik Deutsch: Demonio Teclado
Erik Deutsch is one of those classic under-the-radar musicians that’s spent a good deal of time making other people’s music sound better. Here he spearheads an ultra-funky, Rhodes-heavy album rife with interesting compositions and great playing. The title of the album translates to “keyboard demon” which suffices to describe Deutsch’s work. It’s the little things that elevate this album, though, flashes of pedal steel, killer backing band and a perfectly (and ironically) grooved-up cover of Neil Young’s Don’t Let It Bring You Down.
Third Coast Kings: Third Coast Kings
Unabashed, old-school funk music, Third Coast Kings play the real deal. Updated James Brown-style grooves are the starting point, and the Kings take that sound through all sorts of different exercises and experimentation. Through and through, this album swings. This is music to move your body to. Enjoy.
Spotify: Third Coast Kings – Third Coast Kings