Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Laid Off Loser Album of the Day: "The Budos Band EP"

The Budos Band

So, these Budos cats — part of the same funk-soul family as Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, may not work too hard to title their recordings (The Budos Band EP follows The Budos Band and The Budos Band II), but perhaps it's one of those let-the-music-speak-for-itself things. Or maybe they just don't have the energy at the end of the day — three of the members hold down day jobs as school teachers, after all.

In any case, this EP — which culls tracks recorded between the two albums, is an all-too-short gem. If you're a fan of the Budos' buttery analog Afrobeat-inspired funk-soul instrumentals, you'll want to add this to the collection. All but two of the tracks were heretofore unreleased, and you've likely only heard one of the previously released tracks before, that being "Mas O Menos," which inexplicably is included despite appearing on The Budos Band II.

No matter. This EP is all sweet summer sunshine soul, the sort of thing that inspires work-related insubordination, long drives to nowhere, the wearing of guayaberas and mass consumption of spirited beverages beneath cooling fronds.

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