Basement Freaks are back with a new album and their unique brand of future funk - Time Machine is out Now on Jalapeno Records.
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. Basement Freaks' new album, Time Machine, is dedicated to the memory of one of his mentors and a great friend of ours at Jalapeno – Fort Knox’s Jon H.
Not enough albums open with the majestic rasp of a harmonica.
Basement Freaks attempt to redress the balance with their second studio album Funk From The Trunk which shows the boys in full P-Funk flow.
From opening track A Blues Thang to the last gasp of album closer The Last Train -- you know you are listening to young soul rebels who have found their full funky flow.
Producer George Fotiadis won a lot of fans as a leader of the burgeoning ghetto funk scene and while that scene is still big internationally, there are no wobble bass lines here, just block rocking hip hop beats, funky wah wah guitars and funky as flip vocals from longtime collaborator and fellow Freak Georges Perin as well as guest spots from Mustafa Akbar of Nappy Riddem, Charlie Funk and MC Rayna.
Opener A Blues Thang was the standout track from a vinyl sampler EP released by the Freaks at the end of last year and is distinctive for its deep south harmonica lead and blues drenched vocal. Which part of America's deep south are these boys from you ask ? Thessaloniki I answer. Greece is the word.
Moving on to the guests - Mustafa Akbar is a mic killer who first came to our notice here at Jalapeno Towers providing the funk for our DC Brothers Fort Knox Five.
Basement Freaks reached out to him to work with them on FFTT. Mustafa liked the flavour of their funk and sealed another international connection providing a special flavour to the album and bringing the DC love to 3 tracks.
Work It Out featuring MC Rayna is a big heavy hitting slice of hip hop and street soul. The aggressive twang of MC Rayna gives the track an edge that will have clubs jumping from Atlanta to Hamburg where the Freaks are now resident.
The Moondoo club in Hamburg is an important melting pot for artists who can bring the heat and it was here that the Freaks met Charlie Funk who plays regularly at the club. A night in the studio later and Funk For Freaks was finished and it was down to the Freaks to mix and master their second album for Jalapeno.
Funk From the Trunk is a step on from Something Freaky - their debut. That album spawned a hit single which was licensed to a US TV show further upping the Freaks credibility over in Hollywood.
Their debut album charted in the US college radio charts and Basement Freaks are looking to build on that success this time round. Basement Freaks are touring their live show round festivals and clubs this summer. Expect to see them rocking a field / dancefloor / basement near you soon.
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Already a poster boy in the funky breaks scenes, Basement Freaks decided to move away from mash ups and cut ups and brought an album of original material to the attention of Jalapeno Records, who snapped up it up straight away.
'Something Freaky' is full to the brim with the funkiest vocals, beats, bass and grooves.