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The Budos Band III [Digipak]
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Album: The Budos Band III [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rite of the Ancients
2)    Black Venom
3)    River Serpentine
4)    Unbroken, Unshaven
5)    Nature's Wrath
6)    Golden Dunes
7)    Budos Dirge
8)    Raja Haje
9)    Crimson Skies
10)    Mark of the Unnamed
11)    Reppirt Yad
 

Album: The Budos Band III [Digipak]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Rite of the Ancients
2)    Black Venom
3)    River Serpentine
4)    Unbroken, Unshaven
5)    Nature's Wrath
6)    Golden Dunes
7)    Budos Dirge
8)    Raja Haje
9)    Crimson Skies
10)    Mark of the Unnamed
11)    Reppirt Yad
 
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  • Personnel: Thomas Brenneck (electric guitar); Daisy Sugarman (flute); Jared Tankel (baritone saxophone); Andrew Greene (trumpet); Mike Deller (electric organ); Daniel Foder (bass guitar); Brian Profilio (drums); Rob Lombardo (congas, bongos); John Carbonella Jr. (congas); Dame Rodriguez (claves, cowbells, tambourine); Vincent Balestrino (cowbells, shekere, tambourine).
  • Recording information: Daptone Records' House Of Soul.
  • After two well-received full-lengths and an EP, Staten Island's Budos Band return with III in 2010. The group's first two recordings walked a loose tightrope line between the modern jazzed-up Afro-beat sound of Antibalas and the soulful good-time funk groove of Sugarman 3. It's also true that while they fit the Daptone label's groove-centric aesthetic, III reveals a new direction, offering the view that they are also something other. This 11-song set, recorded in 48 hours, offers a darker, more spacious tinge. Elements of psychedelic, Middle Eastern, and even Latin sounds have entered their mix, without sacrificing their dance party cachet. The opening "Rite of the Ancients," "Black Venom," "Unbroken, Unshaven," and "Mark of the Unnamed" all feel like they could have been instrumental interludes in a '70s blaxploitation flick, but are fully developed harmonic ideas instead of simple vamps. The horn chart on the latter track is a monster, with popping three-way dialogue between baritone saxophonist Jared Tankel, Farfisa organist Mike Deller, and all four percussionists. Also noteworthy is guitarist Thomas Brenneck's reverbed surf sound that introduces the darkly compelling "Nature's Wrath." The horns -- Tankel and two trumpets -- punch up a minor-key vibe that unwinds around a tense film noir chart and a mariachi melody. Then it gets decorated by Daisy Sugarman's ghostly flute, as the percussionists play around all dimensions of kit man Brian Profilio's breaks; it creates a more spaced-out set of atmospherics without losing the groove -- Deller's organ enters in the final moments as icing on the cake. Other tunes with a more sinister, moodier vibe include "Golden Dunes" and "Budos Dirge," but they too give off plenty of heat and crackling energy. There's a Malian tinge in the Budos' Afro-soul on "Raja Haje," led by Brenneck's guitar. The closer, "Reppirt Yad," is the Beatles' "Day Tripper" given inside-out, upside-down funky treatment in a slower tempo with out atmospherics. "River Serpentine" and "Crimson Skies" are breezier in comparison to the rest and more traditionally Budos, with plenty of butt-shaking whomp. This third chapter in the Budos Band's legacy is a giant step forward. It is a gambit where everything just gets deeper and wider; the payoff is mighty. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[They] conjure soulful instrumentals that are indebted to the kind of hypnotic originals being released by the magnificent Soundway label at the moment."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[T]hey keep everything tight, showing brutal knockout efficiency that thrives on limber call-and-response riffs and unceasing percussive motion."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[This] fuses James Brown funk with deep jazz and Latin rhythms."

Uncut (magazine) (p.83) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With martial trumpets, cheap-sounding Farfisa organs and raspy baritone saxes, there are certainly nods towards Ethiopiques legends like Mulatu Astatke..."
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