Release date: Aug. 10, 2010
Record label: Daptone
Official website: http://thebudos.com
The buzz: For soul and funk aficionados, a new release by Brooklyn-based label Daptone Records is usually a cause for celebration. After all, this is the company which gave the world Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Menahan Street Band and many more. Now, one of the brighter stars in the Daptone universe, the Budos Band, is releasing its third LP, the appropriately titled "The Budos Band III." Will this new album continue the label's red-hot winning streak?
The verdict: While not as accessible as Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings or as roof-raising as the Menahan Street Band, the Budos Band are a vital part of the Daptone roster, and they continue to deliver the goods here. Driven by four percussion players, the 10-piece instrumental funk collective from Staten Island has crafted a groovy, menacing and cinematic masterwork that sounds like the soundtrack to a long-lost blaxploitation film. Thomas "Tommy TNT" Brenneck's slinky and methodical guitar work gets in your blood stream, Mike Deller's electric organ is alternately threatening and assuring, and the production by Bosco Mann and TNT is, typical for the label's releases, beyond reproach. What we have here is a master-class in deep funk and soul; as such, this release is not for beginners. However, if you're willing to find yourself up to your eardrums in a sea of hypnotic grooves, you owe it to yourself to give this album a spin (or several) as soon as possible.
Did you know? According to a news release, the Budos Band logged more than 150 live gigs in the last two years, and recorded "The Budos Band III" during a 48-hour period in January.