Before what?! Though the mighty Budos Band released a few 45s and a 12″ since the coming of their fourth studio album, Burnt Offering, it’s been a solid four years since we’ve seen a substantial output by this exceptional nonet. Released back in October of 2004, BO carries with it the monsters, Magnus Mountain and the title track, Burnt Offering (both singles). Though I’m partial to 2005’s The Budos Band and 2010’s The Budos Band III, Burnt Offering sees a level of maturity that only emphasizes the raw, instrumental force conjured up by this insanely talented group. We encourage you to acquire each of their records, and to play them at top volume.
Daptone Records struck gold with The Budos Band. I, of course, have no Earthly idea in regards to their record sales, but I can honestly say that, up to my introduction to this collective onslaught (I believe it was 2010’s The Budos Band III, but I could be mistaken), I’d not heard any 12-piece sound this destructive, or this groove-heavy in any of my near four decades of aimless wandering. I’ve said this before, and somewhat recently, that one Budos is just as good, and to be honest, a bit similar, to the next, but when you’re into a good groove, you’re going to want to hold on tight to everything within arm’s reach. The Budos Band is exactly what was needed, when we didn’t even know we’d been searching. Presented here is 2007’s, The Budos Band II (7.6 review rating on Pitchfork).
The Budos strike again with another collection of afrobeat heavy-hitters on their 2010 Junior offering, The Budos Band III. Little has changed between TBB, TBB II, and this album, but that’s perfectly fine. Why mess with a good and proven technique? If it ain’t broken… ya know?! Budos III, like the rest of their short library, comes highly recommended.
The Budos Band debut is something of dark jazz magic. Neatly cut, proportional cubes of underground R&B nestled tightly against salt roasted soul, lovingly pierced onto a rotating skewer, marinating over a raging, violent flame of furious funk. Yeah, that about sums it up. Arguably my new favorite band, and one receiving HEAVY spins as of late. Start with TBB (their first), and bloody knuckle your way up their discography ladder. You’re welcome.
All hail a complete discography! Save for the 7 inches, that is. Paying full price these days for a new record is something of a scarcity among my close-knit community, but when it comes to The Budos band and their shadowy brand of afro-funk, price is no object. So far The Budos Band (their first) gets the most spins, but The Budos Band III is not too far behind. For deep, dirty, diabolical grooves, one could argue, it doesn’t get much better than The Budos Band.
Back to back sticker posts?! Well, yeah… no shame on this, here end. This one, from my latest addition, comes with a radiant review from Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. Not that I needed any coaxing when it comes to The Budos Band, but ANYTHING that comes with a Slayer-related stamp of approval is fair game as far as I’m concerned. More on The Budos Band to come… unless I forget, or lose interest.