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The grey booze

listentothebank on September 16, 2011 10:56

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    The Bank is a trio comprising of Francesco Brini, Domenico Loparco and Emanuele Zullo. Seriously good musician’s with a love of afro & dub. These guys tour the world as the backing band for the acclaimed American singer / songwriter Jeff Jones. Brini has already built up an impressive catalogue of music himself, recording as Frank Agrario for Prins Thomas’s Internasjonal and also as a drummer for electronic pioneers Swayzak.
    After a heavy storm broke around Jeff’s Lake Tahoe hideout, it was soon clear that they wouldn’t be hitting the road anytime soon. This was a key moment in the construction of The Bank. They spent the time researching, sketching out ideas and extracting every last piece of funk from their fingers and thumbs.
    The Bank is drenched in vintage recording techniques but with an updated production that can satisfy any dance floor. “Lagos Tahoe” sounds like Peter King jamming with Titanic but produced by The Bank. “City Of The Dead” touches the dub switch with a polite ska rhythm that calls on hypnotic vocals which remind us of 80’s band Maximum Joy.
    “The Snatch” & “Chic Disco” are like funk bullets bouncing off the streets of Manhattan, ”Zombie Nation” has a punky sharp synth bass that cuts through like a diamond encrusted blade. “Fishsticks” is the low slung funk bomb which would make Donald Byrd proud
    All together these new Bearfunk signings have made a very raw undiluted LP. They are custodians of their own sound which is heavily influenced by their influences. It’s time to cash that cheque at The Bank.
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    Shane SoS 
(Aussie Chillout DJ)
    raw and I love it

    Luca Saponaro 
(The Love Supreme / The Heels Of Love)
    great, some groovy stuff, really love this one.

    Artur Korycinski 
(Club DJ - Poland)

    Ben Mono
    digging all those tunes. will feature them in my next radioshow. cheers!

    Nicolas Probst 
(Pharao Black Magic)
    very nice album, quirky tunes. 

favorite is definitely "Chic Disco".


    Simone Fedi 
(Out Of City)
    WOW Guys, this is music!!!

Great work, when i listen music like this i' m proud to be italian.

Great work guys.

Simone Fedi

(Billy Bogus)
    great project by my friend Frank Agrario that i proudly remixed in a huge single. This album is perfect for the summer: warm, funky, afro and sick.
Reminds me of early bear funk releases, solar & druggy. Go Frank Go.
[Billy Bogus]

    Matthew Moffre 
    this is some groovy stuff right here! 
[Matthew Moffre (Drrtyhaze)]

    Thomas Tuft 
(3 Beat Cool Cuts / Juice FM)

    Igor Skafar 
    Live funk is more then welcome in my collection !
Full support!

    Grant Paterson
    Grey Booze - mint!!!

    Simone Sebastian 
    Really enjoying Winka Wonka and Lagos Tahoe!

    Kevin Swain 
(D.O.P. / Foto)
    Love it !!!

    Ben Santiago 
(MoS Radio / Hed Kandi / Cream )
winka wonka
afro sundays
chic disco

    Marcus Wagner-Lapierre 
(Makossa / ÖRF)
    some great tracks,
will play -
many thx for cd

    Ben Terry
    fishsticks! what's not to like.

    Gerry Hectic 
    OK Bear Funk you've found another one here!
Currently putting a set together for Afrodisiac Radio tonight so 1. can't hang about & 2. 'Afro Sundays' just has to be played- Brill!
Not only that, I'll be playing 'City of the Dead' in a Hollie Cook punk reggae session at the Pressure Drop reggae in a couple of Sunday's time - Brill again!
Not so keen on The Grey Booze but Chic Disco and The Snatch are on it with Lagos Tahoe being the monster - sounds like it was recorded in Lagos in the 70s (sort of)
I'll send links when sets get online.
thansk again.

    Jerry Bouthier 
(DMC Update / M8 / Notion/Ponystep)
    nice, funky moods, supporting thx, perfect for fashion shows

    Ben Vacara 
    Zombie Nation - electro funk - my kinda music!
Winka Wonka - top groove & tune
Chic Disco - Lazy funky disco tune
[Ben ]

    Elliot Taub
    All of these are nice, but a couple of them really jam, like "The Grey Booze"

    Jonathan Moore 
(Leftside Wobble)
    Lagos Tahoe all the way!

    Paola Testa 
(Ibiza Sonica)
    It' s a very nice LP! 
I'll support it into my show..

    Tony Carrasco
    Very Good Thanks for this download promo.

(Plastic Music)
    great album

    Rob Wood 
(Music Concierge)
    Love this!
[Leo Lait]

    Treavor Walton 
    Super fun, thx
[Treavor Moontribe]

    Gerald Scheiber 
(DJ Scheibosan)
    like t1, 3, 5, 7, 9, nice & weired sound

    Venice Beach
    it rules!

(Light Spectrum )
    I like the whole release. BearFunk = quality
[Light Spectrum]

    Fabrizio Mammarella
    Great album! very well produced! I like the faves so far: Zombie Nation, The Grey Booze, Chic Disco, Lagos Tahoe!
Cheers !

    Jim Adam 
(Lullabies in the Dark)
    Afro Disco Bombs !!!!

    Layne Fox 
(40 Thieves)
    I'm from Florida and we know a thing or two about zombies. This is great! 
[Layne Fox/40 Thieves]

    Michele Tessadri 
(Fratelli Riviera / The Heels Of Love)
    ace album!

    Russell Deeks 
(This is Why We Dance)
    Far from a predictable release from Bear Funk… sounding good so far, looking forward to listening to it properly

    Jerry Bouthier 
(DMC Update / M8 / Notion/Ponystep)
    nice, funky moods, supporting thx, perfect for fashion shows

    Justin Main 

    Rob Clark 
(Image Sound (UK Muzak Supplier))
    some interesting stuff on here. like the 'lo-fi' nature ..

    Christian Zingales 
(Blow Up Magazine)
    I was waiting for this!

    Jonas Imbery 
(Telonius (on Gomma))
    Love it thanks

(Dope Den Productions)
    great funk on this release! several gems on here.

    Bruce Tatum 
(Time Out NYC)
    Wow! Loving the Afro-dub-reggae-disco-whatever sound of this one. And nice to hear an actual band now and then! Really loving this - thanks.

    William Bottin 
    winka wonka!

    Blackbelt Andersen
    Lovely album, especially loving the sunny vibes of Lagos Tahoe and Afro Sundays!

    Club silencio
    Thank you so much for the promo,i really enjoy this crispy funky sound: "city of dead"is my fav..pretty summer dubby track !!

    great funk! the grey booze and zombie nation are my favourite in the album,
    its feel really influenced from commodores and sly and family stones.

    Released by: Bear Funk
    Release date: Jul 16, 2012


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