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Various Artists - Siete Pulgadas
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Various Artists

Siete Pulgadas


Released: 16th April 2012 | 10 track funk album
Sietepulgadas is a collective of some of the best musicians from the ever-growing Spanish soul/funk scene playing in different set-ups, with different flavours and under different monikers, but always operating on the good side of the funk. This CD is a compilation of their first five references by five different groups (Límite 45, The Beignets, Octopus, Shulte and The Gigoletto Brass Band), making for a funky soundtrack of an imaginary film covering different parts of the same area.

The two tracks by Límite 45 could be the soundtrack of a police thriller set in San Francisco in the 70s. Persecution funk, and mysterious corners in the vein of Lalo Schifrin, with Chip Wickham's trademark brilliant flute.

The Beignets contribute two great tracks full of groove, led by the voice and guitar of Edu Bighands. J.K. Toole's New Orleans sound is rich like the music of Dr. John, Snooks Eaglin and The Meters, and just like the city's typical dessert, the beignet, it's solid and strong, while subtle and delicate at the same time.

Formed by musicians from bands like Speak Low, Mamafunko and Vetusta Morla, Octopus go from a neighbourhood soundtrack sound to the explosive mix of Latin-funk-jazz. They sound like blaxploitation, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Hermann at the same time. Two tracks that get you straight into rude movement-mode.

Shulte, the more soulful side of Sietepulgadas, is reminiscent of soul classics like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Susan Tedeschi, but with a folky aftertaste like Terry Callier. This is the feminine touch of the album, featuring María Sánchez on vocals and Wurlitzer.

Courtesy of Muchachito Bombo Infierno, here's their spectacular brass section: The Gigoletto Brass Band, presenting a single that sounds like Africa and the Caribbean as seen from the black urban neighbourhoods. On one side there's a Boogaloo with the classic piano, bass, conga and timbale accompanied by a compact trumpet section, and on the other side a foray into wild Africa with urban Afro-beat.