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Beat Funktion: Green Man

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Swedish group Beat Funktion could be described as a band, but they strike me as something even deeper than that: a musical collective with an extremely broad approach and a really keen ear for making complex arrangements sound accessible and catchy. The songs on Green Man blur the lines between funk, blues, jazz, and fusion, going for a really unique sound. Think Miles Davis jamming with Herbie Hancock! The title track itself is a perfect example to get ...

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Beat Funktion: Olympus

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The seventies brought many things: bell-bottoms, Lee Majors, Farrah Fawcett, Disco, Nixon and Carter, The Godfather, the Ramones; Billie Jean King and Phyllis Schlafly to NOW and the ERA; from the Energy Crisis to Roe v. Wade. The Seventies is an incisively provocative and commonly misunderstood era. Is it an eminently forgettable period in our American culture? Well, that is for another article, but one positive note that has grown from that time period is that danceable beat that finds ...

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Beat Funktion: Mandy's Secret

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Beat Funktion; what is its funktion? Daniel Lantz is the man behind Beat Funktion's unique sound that blends '70s funk, groove, soul, disco and afro-beat with the language and sensibilities of jazz. Beat Funktion pays close attention to getting across the more danceable and familiar binary rhythm, that is felt as the “groove." That is what seems to be the funktion of Lantz's beat; its association with funk, a genre that created the “groove" rhythm, which was spear-headed by James ...

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Beat Funktion: Moon Town

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"Swedish Vintage Jazz-Funk-Disco Band." That is the auspicious description of Beat Funktion, an inventive band of Scandinavians intent on teasing the worthwhile parts of disco away from the not-so-worthwhile parts. But disco is but a small part of the alchemy arranged on Moon Town. This is more funk-jazz updated to the contemporary. Heavily back-beat laden, driven by bass and electric piano. The band was formed in 2007 to present jazz in an environment that also catered to a young dancing ...