'Burnt Offering' is the newest record from that ten-piece that just wants to have fun: the Budos Band. Riffs on riffs front this record of hazy psych-rock and proud metal worship, though the band retain their jazz and Afrobeat influences and pack their tunes with all the things that make them more like Fela Kuti. A weird, wonderful hybrid of musical party makes up 'Burnt Offering'.
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Daptone's ten-piece instrumental Afro-soul outfit The Budos Band return this week with 'Burnt Offering', which introduces a newfound psych-rock influence to their already-bulging influence bag. Opening with a slow Sabbath-esque riff, cosmically droning synths and methodically pounding toms before the brass section heralds the arrival of some tasty drum grooves and we're plunged headlong into a slinky Afrobeat groove full of bold, bright trumpet stabs and smoky Eastern-sounding jazz soloing.
'The Sticks' then brings in some fruity Hammond organ and occasional touches of '60s-style guitar distortion - grotesquely buzzy and trebly - to buoy the Afrobeat/funk/soul/classic rock to further celebratory heights, before 'Aphasia' kicks in hard with Led Zeppelin-ish and the brass and organ snaking around in unison - this one's got a bit of a Chrome Hoof vibe to it but more earthy and less futuristic. Other highlights include 'Black Hills', whose strident guitar lead reminds me of some of the classic early electric guitarists like Takeshi Terauchi, and the slinky but gnarly title track which sounds like Goat's jammier moments if they replaced the singers with a brass section. The ever-present prominence of the brass means that it never strays too far from its Afro-soul roots into straightforward funk-rock territory though. It's right up my street to be honest - ambitious and original but still full of vigour and positive energy, and no pesky singers getting in the way.
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