Basement Freaks are back with a new album and their unique brand of future funk - Time Machine is out on Jalapeno Records in February 2016.
Basement Freaks’ booty shaking fusion of Funk, Electro, Boogie and Breaks, coupled with some seriously talented guest vocalists, has won over plaudits and fans worldwide. This new collection of tracks is funkier than James Brown’s armpit and guaranteed to get the crowds moving and bums twerking.
Vocal appearances on the album come courtesy of Kylie Auldist (The Bamboos, Tru Thoughts) John Turrell (Smoove & Turrell), Mustafa Akbar (Fort Knox Recordings) and of course it wouldn’t be complete without the unmistakable falsetto of longtime collaborator Georges Perin.
The album title alludes to the fact this record was made with a concerted effort to keep things old school and the production was undertaken using analogue tools to emulate the same techniques that were used for the funk greats that influenced the record like George Clinton, Funkadelic, Curtis Mayfield and of course the aforementioned Godfather Of Soul. The Freaks have dedicated the album to the memory of their friend Jon H (of Fort Knox Five) who sadly passed away in 2015 whilst the record was being written.
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Talkin’ About Dat opens up proceedings with a P-Funk like groove and Basement Freaks stalwart Georges Perin inviting you to get down! With a touch of vocoder and the customarily fat synth bass tone, this track gets the show started in fine fashion.
You can’t have funk without good a bass line and Walking Away is an instrumental that really gets it right on this front, letting the low end lead the way. Melodic hooks and synth licks are all over this jam guaranteed to make you get down.
Little Red Afro (Tribute To Jon H) is a slinking blues tinged number with vocalist Mustafa Akbar providing his own tale of how he came to meet the late Jon H. We think it’s safe to say Jon would approve of this one and for everyone else it’s a track that’s as funky as it is moving.
The Jalapeno Funk Volume 7 album premiered All That Funk! exclusively ahead of this album to a great reception. A modern “Give It Up Or Turn It Loose” style groove for the breaks generation - it bears all the hallmarks of the classic Basement Freaks sound and delivers exactly what it says on the tin.
Kylie Auldist is no stranger to Jalapeno releases and she brings a classy topline to the energetic grooves of White Hot. Complete with sizzling guitar chops, punchy horn stabs, jazz funk flute leads and a tasteful guitar solo – you couldn’t cram any more into this tune if you tried.
Electrique is an upbeat synth led electro-funk jam with a sound that harks back to the early 80’s. The chirpy, bouncing melodies and liberal use of disco toms could put a smile on even a statues face. More P-Funk inspired delights are served up in Mustafa Akbar’s 2nd vocal performance of the album on Move Your Body. He expertly channels George Clinton at his peak over a bulging bassline and head nodding beat.
Out Of My Way serves up some reverb soaked dreamy jazz breaks with elegant strings accenting the beat and Georges Perin on form harmonizing beautifully over the track that borders on indie dance and reminds of the likes of UNKLE and Ian Brown in their element. Title track - Time Machine is a 70’s-esque Hammond organ infused, jazz and lounge journey through space and time. A catchy groove with funky wah wah guitar, bongo rolls and synth licks dancing in and out – this track is so authentically retro it will make you want to double check the date!
The Call has a Caribbean edge to it with its skanking rhythms and horn phrases. Smoove & Turrell front man John Turrell handles the vocal duties magnificently with his instantly recognizable tones with poignant lyrics about reconnecting with loved ones.
Vocoder and saxophone leads take Party Till The Daylight’s groove slinking through its intro until the track peaks and brings back the funk with the signature Freaks sound fit for a 90’s Miami pool party.
Alright finishes the album off in a mellower mood with a relaxed jam that wouldn’t be out of place next to ‘Everybody Loves The Sunshine’ or ‘Summer Madness’. Perfect chill track for after the party.
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