The bumper crop of Brooklyn funk bands that sprouted around the Dap-Tone family in the late '90s and early '00s gave rise to long-simmering yet right-on-time soul singers like Sharon Jones and Lee Fields. But one of the best of the bunch is a band that keeps its clearest voices blaring through brass. To this date, the Budos Band has released three LPs sharing a heated, horn-driven, organ-drenched strain of Afro-soul that channels raw-knuckled intensity into downtempo ballads and foot-pounding flat-out jams alike. Think the circa-'74 J.B.'s if Fred and Maceo were just as enthusiastic about Ethio-jazz, Latin soul, and stoner rock as they were about humid Southern funk, and you've got a good idea of their good ideas. Their originals sweat like frosty beer bottles and kick like 15-year-old Scotch, sinuous body blows and nerve holds that leave you adrenaline-dazed, while their way with covers has injected heated minor-key dread into such formerly lighthearted classics like "My Girl" and "Day Tripper." Expect a live show that draws the raw, unrestrained force and rubber-band elasticity out from their tautly arranged... More >>>