ALPMAN taps into instrumental psychedelic moods and funk-inspired grooves to create a whole new genre dubbed spychedelic. The a-side, “tintm,” is a break-filled track, and although this is not Turkish music, the fuzzed-out bağlama inspired guitar riff cannot be unheard as it carries things to an absolute hypnotizing groove. On the flip, the groove comes just as quick and you’ll hear some flavours of trip-hop, spy and lounge music, all of which will get you moving and tripping like a “Hypnotic Redhead.” ARTIST BIO. Gunes Alpman aka Alpman is an 18 year old Turkish musician and producer. Picking up and learning to play the guitar at 6, it’s now 12 years later he’s blending fuzzed-out bağlama inspired guitar riffs, a driving beat and the Hammond B3 to create distinctive and atmospheric instrumental cuts. Influenced by funk, psychedelic rock, afrobeat and soul jazz, Alpman creates a sound that feels familiar but that is somehow completely fresh “My point is to blend the 1970’s imperfect sound with the depressive and dark feelings of 21st century urban life. “ - Alpman His debut 7-inch on Kept Records captures this theme with two killer cuts. Calling it global grooves, worldbeat or psych-funk would be imprecise. Those influence may be there, but listen to the whole, and you’ll soon hear what it really is: Instrumental Spychedelic Funk.
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about Brooklyn's Breakdown Brass dropped yet another killer slab of wax! They've unleashed an original juggernaut entitled "Harrow", a follow-up to their smash debut 45 "Monmouth b/w Next Episode" (Kept Records) and sophomore 45 "The Horseman b/w Mary Jane" (Mixto Music). Driving, dirty horns are punctuated by intense trombone and baritone sax solos - prepare your stank face. The B-side "Nautilus (Hijacked)" is a dance-floor burner that pays homage to Bob James, whose track Nautilus has been heavily sampled by Slick Rick, Eric B & Rakim, Run-DMC, A Tribe Called Quest, Onyx, Wu Tang Clan, Big L, Pete Rock and about 300 others. Throw in some Herbie Mann/Beatnuts and you got yourself a hit! The members of Breakdown Brass stay busy - touring and recording with Ikebe Shakedown, Antibalas, Lee Fields, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Monophonics and many others. Led by Nadav Nirenberg on trombone, their unique combination of heavy Afro-Funk with the sizzle of Balkan Brass has caught the eye of Gilles Peterson, NPR, BBC and more.
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A tribute to Kid Frost and El Chicano (featuring El Dusty, Mellow Man Ace, Niña Dioz, Mexstep, Kool AD, Amaze 88). Austin-based Grammy-nominated psychedelic latin funk band Brownout debuted their remake/tribute to Kid Frost’s 25 year old Latin pride hip-hop classic “La Raza,” digitally via NPR last year. Now, after many calls for a physical release, on Oct. 10th, 2016 or Dia De La Raza, Brownout adds to the celebration of the heritage of Latin America and cultural heritage by releasing this limited run 45. Brownout are no strangers to hip hop, having backed GZA (Wu-Tang Clan) regularly, being DJ/tastemaker favorites and veterans of the international B-Boy battle scene, performing live at many battles over the last ten years. After knocking out a live reworking of the song, which contains a famous sample of El Chicano’s “Viva Tirado,” the band called on their peers and heroes alike. Mellow Man Ace, the legendary Cuban American rapper best known for his 1989 hit “Mentirosa” was the first collaborator for the tune. “Mellow was my very first concert as a kid in Laredo, TX” says song producer Adrian Quesada, “so for him to jump on board quickly sparked the fire.” Others include DJ Dus (aka El Dusty) and Mexstep of the group Third Root representing the South Texas Chicano experience, Niña Dioz, an explosive female MC from Monterrey, Mexico, Afro-Cuban MC Kool AD (Das Racist) and his DJ, the Chicago born Amaze 88. The coming together of multiple races and cultures is more important now than ever in today’s increasingly divided political climate and Brownout’s version of “La Raza” pays homage to the past, keeping one foot firmly planted while putting their sincere and creative stamp on visioning a more united future. The flipside is an instrumental original that, as the title teases, has some Arab flare. The recipe for this cut seems to blend a dash of Cairo Jazz Band with and a pinch of desert-psych funk groove, in turn creating a full, slow-burning groove that is sure to mellow and get heads nodding.
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