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Jazz, Funk, Tight!

Great music! Complex, interesting, strong solos, unique sound. Nine great musicians making very funky, jazzy rock.

Well Done!

Imagine your favorite club DJ mashing the likes of James Brown with Soul Coughing, Jamiroquai with Thievery Corporation or Lotus with Herbie Hancock. Now imagine that same DJ with a full 9 piece band, fully equipped with a horn section, a breakbeat/fusion drummer and you'll have an idea of what to expect from FFRD. Mashing funky breaks with jazz and soul, this new outfit out of Baltimore has succeeded in creating a sound where the old and the new can coexist quite peacefully.

"3 Straight Days" mixes groove with live Dnb and tactful horn lines reminiscent of Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. One could almost mistake this song for a long lost collaboration between Beck and the Godfather of Soul himself. Aptly titled, "On the One" drives straight ahead with deep synth-bass and again, killer horns, as singer Billy D William delivers "with gospel soul" (Aretha/Cee-Lo). Overall, a diverse and auspicious composition equally suited for the dance floor or a seedy jazz lounge. This EP could set the bar pretty high for what we might expect from them in the future. Spacey, air-tight jams with just the right mix of complexity and soul and if your paying even the least bit of attention, FFRD's nostalgia for the 90's rave scene shall not go unnoticed.

"good quality music"

Seems to me that there is a new movement (renaissance) in music where musicians are combining their music education with multi-genre bending, groove oriented, free form jams. Bands like Soweto Kinch, Dirty Loops, Snarky Puppy, Hiatus Kaiyote are all pushing to boundaries of modern jazz, pop, funk and soul music. I'd put Fake Flowers in that same category. Though hard to lock down with even a handful of genres, it seems like the no-genre thing might just be their genre. Modern jazz fusion mixed with swing, soul, jungle, turntableism, poppy hooks, funk and a ton of other great stuff. This is why I love stumbling upon great new music. Soulful, funky, head nodding, good quality music. Can't wait to hear more from this group.

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