Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010

Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
5. The Budos Band III (Daptone)
The Budos Band play Staten Island soul: infectious, moody, brass-laden slabs of Afro-funk with a '60s soul vibe. What sets them apart from other Afro-influenced acts is the sheer heaviness of the groove; it's no wonder that the New York ten-piece claim to be inspired by heavy metal as well as soul and Ethio-jazz. The one surprise here is "Reppirt Yad," a cheeky cover of the Beatles' "Day Tripper," albeit in quintessential Budos style. The Budos Band prove yet again that they are a heavyweight champion in the world of Afro-soul.
Vincent Pollard