14 Oct 2016

The Budos Band: "Budos Band III"

Vast, boundless and brazen, a testament to the sexuality of music
The Budos Band is a Brooklyn gem. Nine members strong, they have through the course of a four album career toured the world and gathered a large cult following. Throughout each record the band, complex as their make up may seem with the throng of musicians taking up the stage, has evolved from an unrefined and budding entity to the full blown phenomenon we see today.

For me, the band's third album - Budos Band III - is the epitomy of their sound. Though the group is huge, The Budos Band give off the impression that not a single person could be spared in the creation of their modernised afrobeat witches' brew.

"The Budos Band's music gently melts heart and mind with soul and substance,"

Through a rolling fog, heavy rhythms emerge, accompanied by waving blankets of an assortment of brass instruments. Delightful notes play around and echo each other in a soulful echo of the sounds of genre pioneers like Fela Kuti and Manu Dibango. The Budos Band's music gently melts heart and mind with soul and substance, spewing forth a constant stream of jazz, funk and soul from their black cauldron.

Their gently insistent compositions reflect an interest in music both past and present, but never in an imitating manner. Their towers of white-hot molten brass, slithering vines of eerie organs and keyboards and gusts of bass dry as bone stands today as an unsung hero from a forgotten time, even if it is at the time of writing just a few years old.

Putting the music of The Budos Band bluntly would be almost insulting. The sultry sensuousness of their instrumentals are as saucy as early James Bond flicks, and sort of sounds like one as well the famous British franchise had instead been a low-budget blaxploitation flick.


Released in 2010 by Daptone Records


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