Heavy Hustling

by KOKOLO mp3 02/03/2009 RKX025 8016670317340

RKX025 KOKOLO - "Heavy Hustling" out now on CD/LP/Digital Download

KOKOLO AFROBEAT ORCHESTRA's fourth album "Heavy Hustling" finds the NYC powerhouse expertly mashing up Fela Kuti stylings into James Brown classics with a twist of Latin and Jamaican flavors thrown into the mix. This album is without question their best offering to date and showcases Kokolo at the height of their innovative powers. Not just another by-the-numbers homage to 'The Godfather of Soul', this record breathes new life into the genre and demonstrates what the contemporary deep funk scene sounds like.

Anticipated by heavily playlisted first single “Soul Power”, on "Heavy Hustling" you'll find other great classics from 'Mr.Dynamite' such as “Please Please Please", “Think”, “It's A New Day” and “Bring It Up” all cooked up in the unique Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra style. More than an album... "Heavy Hustling" is a sign of the times. If it doesn't make you wanna move, consider yourself officially dead!

“This is absolutely red-hot. The best thing that Kokolo have done by far." - DJ Snowboy (Blues & Soul Magazine)

“A big fat take on James Brown classics. Funk for the 21st century!” - Eddie Piller (Acid Jazz records)

"Kokolo have got the groove...Anyone wanting to get low down and dirty, should look no further. This will get the bodies on the dance floor moving like never before." - Ben Morris (Clash magazine)

"An amazing new sound from Kokolo – one that takes their Afro Funk groove, and turns it on a host of James Brown classics – all with a result that's completely unique! The album's hardly a copycat of James' original style – and instead, it reworks his funky favorites with a complicated approach to rhythms – one that shows a rich criss-crossing between JB and Fela modes, almost an echoing amplification of the 70s influences that were passing back and forth between the US and African funk scenes! We're honestly stunned – quite surprised and impressed at this turn that Kokolo has taken, reaching forward for a sound that nobody else has touched." - Dusty Groove America

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