Sam Cooke said, “Change gone come”, and for the band Mojoflo change has been good. After two years filled with touring, turbulence, and personnel changes the group is re-emerging with their new EP “Right On!” From the opening horn blast to the closing hits this uptempo romp captures a funky-ferocity that may be familiar to fans of the band’s live shows but has yet to be captured on their recordings.
The Ohio based neo-funk group have established themselves as one of the midwest’s premier purveyors of groovealicious music. Through the release of two EPs, a 7” vinyl single, and hundreds of live shows the band has managed to blend soul, hip-hop, jazz,and rock into a funky, fresh, crowd pleasing style they’ve dubbed neo-funk.
For this project they have conjured up an ode to the classic soul records of the 60’s and 70’s. From recording everything straight to tape, to releasing the EP on an actual vinyl LP Mojoflo has concocted a record that fans of Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, and James Brown will find familiar sonic territory all around.
“This is music that we all love and we’ve all grown up with,” says saxophonist Walter K, “These records are part of who we are as musicians and performers, so for us it was only natural to want to explore this type of sound.”
The opening “Funkentro” is an instrumental blast straight off of a 1970’s underground funk B-side that perfectly sets the tone for the rest of the record. The title track “Right On! (Backaround)” is a scorcher ala Adele or Sharon Jones and the DapKings. It features a blazing performance by the groups’ lead singer Amber Knicole along with some in your face horn licks and a classic story about a wronged woman who has discovered her man is a dirty, nasty cheater.
Following that is the James Brown inspired groove of “Home To You” which is anchored by an incessantly grooving bass line and is packed with pounding drum breaks and tight horn hits that the Godfather of Soul himself would approve of.
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