The Zuzu Club Recommends 31-10-2017

Funkallisto - Saturday Night Dogs

Willwork4funk and Express Yourself Productions are proud to present "Saturday Night Dogs", the new album by kings of Roman funk Funkallisto

Undisputed kings of Roman funk Funkallisto have been active on the scene since 2004. What started as a jam band quickly collected a growing following thanks to their energetic live shows in the streets of Rome, and now a decade later they have 4 self-produced albums under their belt.
With their forthcoming fifth album, "Saturday Night Dogs", the band is finally ready to conquer new territories and extend their empire beyond the Italian peninsula.

Marching with a legion of talented musicians among their ranks, the sound of

Funkallistois rooted in 70s blaxploitation funk & soul, but afrobeat, jazz, rock and latin are also thrown into the mix. The result is an explosive kaleidoscope of relentless, bass-heavy grooves and soulful, melodic interplay.

Titletrack "Saturday Night Dogs"and "Piamose Trastevere" both reference the sound of Italian police movies from the 70s, while "Darkalabro"and "Rhythm Feat. Trio Vermelho"reflect the band'safro influences. The album also ncludes 3 tracks recorded onto tape at the Blind Faith Studioof Italian soul man Luca Sapio,namely: "Mercelito el Tropicano","The Devil"and Fatebenefratelli".While uplifting groover "Take A Little Time" is the fruit of a collaboration with UK
vocalist Jess Roberts, who delivers powerful lyrics with a message.
With"Saturday Night Dogs"there's little doubt Funkallistoare a formation on a mission, simply summarized: "Veni Vidi Vici"

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Andy Taylor

Kitschy Jungle - spiritual calypso gets layered up with live guitar, bass and keyboards to make a dancefloor ready, Nigerian style disco funk edit of a calypso classic.
on the flipside is Broken Flute - a fusion of prog rock and Afro funk with a mid speed rolling break to keep feet moving. All includes the usual live guitar, bass and keyboard performances from Andy Taylor himself.

Releases 8/12/2017

Los Terrificos - Go South / Vaya Pa'l Sur - 2xLP 45rpm

Terrificos is a brand new project led by soundtrack composer Jake Fader and the ever-funky Ray Lugo (Kokolo, Boogaloo Destroyers). Peace & Rhythm presents the brand new double 12” LP by Los Terrificos titled Go South/Vaya Pa'l Sur.

Taking inspiration from Latin, African, Caribbean, North and South American sources as diverse as the “narco corridos” of Mexico and afrobeat, not to mention Cowboy Western film soundtracks, surf, psychedelic Amazonian cumbia, dub, electronica, funk, Andean folk, even disco, this record is wide ranging yet cohesive. Evocative of wild landscapes, dramas big and small, it’s also a concept story album, perhaps unlike anything in Latin-oriented music today. Jake Fader, one of the two principal members of the band, says the record “is a soundtrack that has no film (yet). It is a diverse album that is not a traditional representation of any of the many genres it is influenced by. The only real rules were that the songs had to be a little freaky and mysterious.”

Go South spins an engaging if fanciful narrative through a series of musical vignettes and also via an extended story in the interior spread of the gatefold. According to the notes, the LP was made “in memory of victims of violence and greed, especially south of the border, and those that cross borders everywhere in order to pursue a better life.” As the other primary member of Los Terrificos, Ray Lugo (Kokolo, The Boogaloo Destroyers), explains it, “it’s full of reflections on life and the triumphs and struggles of the central figure in the album, ‘El Gordo’, a character not unlike many in the Latin world who makes choices that affect people near and far.” ‘El Gordo’ is a drug kingpin who goes on a vision quest to try and come to terms with the destruction he has wrought, and the question at the end of the record is: does he find redemption, or oblivion? It’s an open-ended conclusion that is as intriguing as the music, and will leave fans craving more (stay tuned!).

Go South has a unique, dynamic hybrid ‘narco-delic’ sound that leaps out of the speakers (having the vinyl on 45 RPM helps). Ray Lugo sums it up thusly: "We discussed how long the process of making an album can sometimes be and thought it would be fun to try to write, record and mix an album within 30 days. We chose the sounds of South America because we had been listening to a lot of super funky music from Peru, Colombia and Panama. Jake was working on the music score for [a] documentary...and this played a key role in the cinematic feel to the album. We wanted it to sound fresh, not over-planned and above all to share the fun we had making it with the listener."

The album is a double LP, 160g vinyl, 45rpm for extra boom. It features an original narrative story by Pablo Yglesias (in both Español and English) and a sturdy gatefold jacket with amazing artwork by Dr Jorge Alderete (Sonido Gallo Negro), as well as some interior art by Margot Glass

Purchase your copy here

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