Saturday, May 14, 2011



Aynotchesh Yererfu

so good

King Charles


Songs of The Day

Eastbound:  Before the horns come in, this groove kind of reminds me of a spy movie intro, and I dig it.  Dig the simplicity of the wawa.  The horns are seriously on point - they add to the awesome latin groove the rhythm section has going on.  Awesome flute solo.  The overall groove to this is just so funky, definitely can get down to this on a regular basis.

Aynotchesh Yererfu:  The guitar and bass riff on this is extra funky - great choice to start out solo just the two of them.  I love the call-and-response going on between the organ and the horns -it's got a nice color to it.  The hook (or at least, what I am assuming it to be) sounds pretty familiar.  I looked into it to see if this was a cover, but it's not.  Maybe a movie or commercial of sorts?  Whatever, it's tasty.  This all sounds like it makes for great cruisin music... who's down for an L ride?  Solid ending.  Extra groovy, extra funky - I dig it.

King Charles:  This groove is much more mellow than the last couple preceding it, and I dig it - nice lil switch up.  Really solid feel on this one, definitely gets you movin.  I dig all the lil talking elements they've got going on in here - it's different than their other things, and actually sounds pretty cool with on this song.  This track sounds more like a jam than some of the previous ones, but I like that aspect.  Adds an intimacy to it.  Awesome horns, but there's no surprise there.  Sick solos all on parts.  Dig the fade out.  Solid.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ghost Walk


Monkey See, Monkey Do

yea, i wanna dance

Sing A Simple Song


Songs of The Day

Ghost Walk:  This groove has got a much more mellow feel to it, and I dig it.  It kind of sounds like the background music to a 70s blaxploitation film (somebody's definitely jive walkin down the street...) - funky.  I like that the groove remains steady for this relatively short (2:13) song - they're so in pocket that they it would have been unnecessary to switch things up.  Solid.

Monkey See, Monkey Do:  I'm diggin the latin feel to this groove - very cool.  The percussion and horn parts work really well together.  Horn section is on point - love it!  I'm really tryna go out and dance now, this music deserves more than me chillin on a couch - it needs a dancefloor, and lots and lots of sweat.  The horn call-and-response section is pretty cool, really dig the lower end of the horns.  Definitely a cool groove.

Sing A Simple Song:  Oh, so we're gettin funky now, huh?  Yea, I can get down with that.  Organ, how I love you.  I really like that all of their grooves are relatively steady.  Like I said before, they're all so in the pocket that it's unnecessary to really switch things up.  The occasional surprise would be nice, but I'm definitely not hating.  Again, solid, solid horns.  Percussion is on point.  Yes.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


slowed down ditty
it sounds even better live!

Up From The South

kiiiiillin opening track!

Budos Theme


Songs of The Day

Up From The South:  What a killin opening track!  I have a feeling I'm gonna like these guys...  Everyone is really gettin down, especially the horns, and you know what - I'm gettin down with them!  Love this afro-beat groove, just makes me wanna dance.  They were in Boston on Saturday while I was in NYC and now I'm mad I missed them.  I don't really know what else to say, because you should just listen to it.

T.I.B.W.F.:  Nice lil slow down from the previous tracks.  Really diggin the organ and horns on this one.  Great hits.  Everything is just very tasteful, and not congested at all.  At 2:41, it's on the shorter side, but it works - it's a nice segway into the upbeat feel of the next song.  Awesome.

Budos Theme:  It's unfortunate that I'm not listening to this in some dirty basement getting down right now, because that's all this music makes me want to do.  Dig the breaks going on in this one.  I dig the kind of "old" sounding effect they lay overtop everything - it gives it a cool feel.  Solid.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Album Factoids

The Budos Band

Released:  November 29, 2005
Genre: Afro-Beat/Soul/Jazz/Funk
Label: Daptone

Week 32: The Budos Band

So, my friend, Janos showed me this band last week, and I knew I had to check 'em out.  And since I can't find my book with all my album suggestions, this week is a good week to see what they're all about.  I can totally get down with some Afro-Beat/Soul - sounds like I'll be groovin.

This Weeks Album...

i'm down with some afro-beat.

Final Grade: TBD

So, this looks like its probably a really awesome album, but due to finals/moving out and whatnot, I didn't get to take as close of a listen to it as I would have liked to.  Therefore, I'm going to continue to listen to it this week (as well as a new album) and give a final grade sometime within the next week.  I do dig it tho, I just don't want to make a conclusive decision.

I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

Pet Sounds

Caroline No

Hang On To Your Ego