In The Spotlight

Re:Funk – “The Harder We Try”

This band from Switzerland got started in 2015 by Dario Milan and Maqs Rossi, but has since grown into an eight-piece powerhouse. After many years of electrifying live performances, such as at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jazz Ascona Festival and touring with saxophonist and James Brown collaborator Pee Wee Ellis, they’ve headed to the studio to start recording their first full-length album.

The initial funkalicious taster of that album pays tribute to 70s blaxploitation soundtracks with some rip-roaring cinematic funk. An exhilarating rhythm, jangling guitars and vigorous horns take you back to the glory days of 70s movies and disco-esque hooks make you want to stay. With Maqs’ enigmatic, soul-dripping vocals completing this rousing romp, it’s a masterful debut indeed.

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Music History

Herbie Hancock – “You Bet Your Love”

From his album “Feets Don’t Fail Me Now” (1979):

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New Music

Janelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel”

From her upcoming album “Dirty Computer”, to be released on 27 April 2018:

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