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Hailing from Staten Island, The Budos Band are an imposing crew of musicians (11 members deep), at the forefront of the retro Afro-soul-funk movement. Along with their label Daptone Records (Sharon Jones, Sugarman 3, Mighty Imperials, etc.), they are redefining/revisiting what it means to be funky in the 21st century. Their first full-length album, this release sports 11 instrumental jams that are guaranteed to get even the shyest wallflower onto the dancefloor, or at the very least nodding their head to the ridiculously catchy beats. Crackshot horn section, freaky organ vamps, dirty guitar licks, polyrhythmic drum breakdowns, it's all here and then some, taking you back to the glory days of R&B that didn't rely on Photoshop and Auto-Tune. This is one of those records that you can just throw on and let it ride, no need to skip that corny skit or over-the-top slow jam, because they don't exist here. Every song on here is fantastic, with standouts like "Budos Theme," "Aynotchesh Yererfu," and "The Volcano Song." 

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Very good

Enjoyable all the way through. Jazzy (heavy on the brass) with a bit of 70s funk. Solid hooks, creative music that is not obtuse rendered by obviously very talented musicians. Probably more of a genre for the thirty-something age group. Very good background music for a nice evening of wine and friends, although I've enjoyed it very much while working and driving as well. I've laid this one on a few friends with universal positive feedback, and they in turn have spread it to others, which means it is at least worth a listen. Check out the first two tracks- if you like them, the whole album is probably something you'd like.

Afrobeat stylings

Simply great stuff. If you like Fela or the Daktaris or Antibalas, you'll love this too.

and I haven't even listened to this album yet

I just saw these guys at the Boom Boom Room in SF and they were dope man. By the previews, the record sounds pretty sick but they had a really good sound when they were performing live. Kinda reminds me of a modern fela kuti band. Check out sharon jones and the dap kings. They're on the same record label and also hella good.

Biography

Formed: Staten Island, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A Staten Island-based Afro-beat, soul-jazz, and funk instrumental ensemble, the Budos Band came together at a jam session hosted by Brooklyn's Afro-beat kings, Antibalas. Specializing in horn-driven world roots funk, the band has a somewhat fluctuating lineup that includes David Guy and Andrew Greene on trumpet, Cochemea Gastelum on tenor sax, Jared Tankel on baritone sax, Daisy Sugarman on flute, Thomas Brenneck on guitar, Robert Lombardo on congas, Mike Deller on organ, Vincent Balestrino on tambourine...
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