J-Zone and Pablo Martin return for another round of greasy funk (audio)
Seeing as how I’ve been spending a great deal of time listening to the first Du-Rites album as of late (full video review coming soon), and J-Zone just recently released a 7″ of funk with his Zone Identity project, I figured I should probably cover J-Zone and Pablo Martin’s upcoming 7″ as well. And as expected, it doesn’t disappoint.
First up, “Bocho’s Groove” is probably closer in sound to the first Du-Rites album, in that while it does have funk elements to it, I wouldn’t call it classically funk, and that’s not a bad thing. If anything it kind reminds of some later Poets of Rhythm kinda stuff, where funk was essentially the skeleton and a variety of musical ideas are thrown on top to give it some variety. It’s sort of hard to explain but put next to “Bite it”, which is just a straight-up down funk burner, it kind of makes a bit more sense. “Bite It” starts off tickling my funny bone with another fantastic, big, open drum break, followed by some excellent organ and well spaced guitar work. Actually, between the two tracks, J-Zone and Pablo show some real chemistry together, as both tracks have the duo playing off of each other perfectly.
Honestly, I think this is some of the best “funk revival” I’ve heard since Poets of Rhythm or El Michels Affair. The Du-Rites newest 7″ single is out now and you can go grab it his Bandcamp!