This week on The RIPEcast some East coast flavor (although not what you might expect) from DC's All Good Funk Alliance (a.k.a. Rusty Belicek and Frank Cueto).
"We try to draw inspiration from every style of music and we are always looking to new sounds for something that we can relate to and gain a creative perspective from" says Rusty. "I went a bit different then our normal style as this is for the Space Cowboys. Lately I have been hanging out with some younger producers in DC who dig on Trap and Seapunk music. I got inspired and dug through these newer genres and dug out the funky gems. I think Space Cowboys is the only place we could see dropping this mix. We hope you dig it."
A little more background on this week's distinguished guests....
When it comes to All Good Funk Alliance, always expect the unexpected. This spring AGFA is set to drop a new album with Fort Knox Recordings—a genre-spanning release featuring go-go drums, spaced-out synths and funky bass-lines. It marks a new direction for All Good Funk Alliance, and is somewhat of a departure from their signature sound, but fans needn't stress—this is one duo that never leaves the funk behind.
Made up of Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, All Good Funk Alliance has opened up for the legendary James Brown, written songs for Coca-Cola and appeared on the Breakspoll Top 50 list. In other words, these guys are no strangers to the funk. And while their musical tastes range the gamut, when Frank and Rusty join forces the end result is always the same: they deliver a sound that is funky, fun and fresh.
All Good Funk Alliance has long been lauded by critics and fans alike, and DJs looking to inject flavor into their sets invariably seek out that unmistakable AGFA sound. Their remix of big band legend Woody Herman's track, "Mambo Herd," was met with critical acclaim, and the boys recently signed a major remix deal to put their indelible, funk-infused spin on Kraak and Smaak's hit album “Plastic People." When AGFA's release, "REC," dropped in 2007, Properly Chilled described it as "modern funk mixing the best of hip hop and funk [with] lots of percussion breakdowns." Turntable Lab has also raved about the duo's sound, summing it up as: “continually hitting the head-nodding nape."
Since 1999, All Good Funk Alliance has released music on a host of labels, including its own heavyweights: Funk Weapons, Super Hi-Fi Recordings and Baffin Island Beat Brigade. Frank and Rusty have played at clubs and festivals around the globe—from Canada to Australia—and the pair has even opened up for the iconic godfather of soul himself, James Brown.
Recognized as influential pioneers of the Nu-Funk and mid-tempo breaks sounds, AGFA's innovation and originality has earned them universal respect across the breaks industry. Now, poised to unleash a fresh new album brimming with unreleased music that encompasses multiple genres, All Good Funk Alliance is ready to kick off the latest chapter in their book of funk.
AGFA - Funk The World 05 Mix (Latin Funk and Breaks)
Funk The World 05 by ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE
AGFA - Surviving the Golden Age DJ mix (House, Ghetto-Funk and Breaks)
All Good Funk Alliance - "SURVIVING THE GOLDEN AGE" DJ MIX by ALL GOOD
AGFA - Krush Groove DJ mix (Nu-Funk, Ghetto-Funk, B-Boy Breaks)
All Good Funk Alliance - Krush Groove Dj Mix by ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE
AGFA - Rory Hoy Show Mix (Future Go-Go, Ghetto Funk, Breaks)
DJ mix for Rory Hoy's Funktion Junction by ALL GOOD FUNK ALLIANCE
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