Color Box: Double Vinyl LP
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Label: Sonar Kollektiv
Release Date: 13th May
Supreme funk soul record this, deep and psychedelic instrumental jams cosy up to classic rnb bangers and P Funk synth starship funk trips.
For those who dig: Khruangbin, The Hamburg Spinners, The Soundcarriers, Daptone Records, Anderson Paak...
The KBCS represent the musical coming together of four very uniquely gifted, but very complementary, instrumentalists from Hamburg, Germany. Color Box, their sophomore LP, happened almost by accident, born as it was out of a series of freestyle jams.
The album kicks off with three instrumental openers - the first of which, Popsicles, is best described by the band them- selves as “a late summer teenage adventure”. Hazy guitars and warm keys playfully amuse each other over a solid, funky beat on what is an evocative and vivid introduction to this talented foursome. It’s followed by Whistleblowers, a sweet and somewhat whimsical piece where another sturdy bottom end allows keys and strings to enjoy some lively interplay, and Jolly Tumbleweed which, with its optimistic yet melancholic feel, completes the trio of warm, hazy psychedelic grooves to ease you into an album that circumnavigates 360 degrees of soulful music.
Adding some garnish to this rhythmic stew are an impressive collection of special guests. Berlin based, and internationally adored vocalist Olivier St. Louis sprinkles a little Cali sweetness with the head nodding Pockets - one of the most immediate and soulful cuts on the album. A guaranteed ear worm, bringing a little sunshine to the winter months to come.
Elsewhere, multi-talented Nigerian singer Nneka lends her distinctive voice to the very succinct but powerful Afro-soul of Ndidi; the enigmatic Lui Hill lays his soul bare with honesty and candor on the alluring Albatross; Tel Aviv born J. Lamotta gives The Center a somewhat delicate and fragile dimension that plays perfectly alongside graceful guitars and contrasts with a sturdy backbeat of bass and drum; and Viviane Ann, AKA Bowie, smooths out the rough edges on the very radio friendly Wasting All Your Lovin’.
This is indeed music from the heart; a document of their coming together; and music that needs to be heard live!
A1 – Popsicles
A2 – Whistleblower
A3. Jolly Tumbleweed
A4. Pockets feat. Olivier St. Louis
B1. Deep Color Jam
B2. Ndidi feat. Nneka
B4. Albatross feat. Lui Hill
C1. He’s Coming
C2. The Center feat. J. Lamotta
C3. Phô Tang Clan
C4. Wasting All Your Lovin’ feat. Bowie
D1. Rauschgift Pt. II
D2. Rainbow Runners feat. Flo Mega
D3. Abstract Light