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'Olympus' holds strong among the Top 10 on the CMJ Jazz Charts, ending up at #7 on its 4th week! Way to go, Funky Swedes!

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Vote for Beat Funktion as the best / coolest band on the Swedish jazz scene right now! Nominate best 1) musician 2) composer 3) group 4) newcomer. Follow this link: sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=4848&artikel=6199475 ... See MoreSee Less

FUNK THIS! Swedish singer Rebecca Laakso unleashes disco fireworks as she calls for the sun! "Where's The Sunshine?" is a questioned posed by many over the Swedish summer holidays! Please dig and share!

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"WHERE'S THE SUNSHINE?" : Official Music Video Concept, direction, photography and editing : FOLKE LANTZ Background paintings : SIGNE MELLBERG LANTZ & DANIEL...

'Olympus' is now chartbound for the mainstream JazzWeek Chart! Good times!

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On its 3rd week, 'Olympus' jumps ahead into the Top 5 on the CMJ Jazz Radio Chart, leaving Robert Glasper, Jose James and Joshua Redman behind them!

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Erik LarssonStekare1 week ago   ·  1

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BEAT FUNKTION - a k a The Funky Swedes - right now on their fifth album 'Olympus'! Get it here: www.cdbaby.com/cd/beatfunktion5

"Fun stuff as always!" - Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US
"Danceable, funk-marinated soul jazz of top quality!" - Ulf Thelander, Orkesterjournalen, SE
"Athletic, head-bobbing, visceral!" - Matt Fleeger, KMHD Oregon, US
"Totally infectious! Impossible to sit still!" - Thord Ehnberg, DIG Jazz, SE

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Beat FunktionPhoto: Palli Kristmundsson.1 week ago   ·  2
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American magazine MIDWEST RECORD reviews 'Olympus'. Chris Spector writes:

"The Swede funk meisters turn their attention to Greek mythology? There's funk in that? Why not, once it becomes instrumental it's all conceptual anyway. And so, the Greek Gods bring on the funk. The gang is up to their usual standards, continuing to push the envelope as they go. Fun stuff that finds them taking on some new moves and delivering the kind of heat to thaw out frozen climes. Fun stuff as always." (5 photos)
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Tage WallinBerömmelse utanför Sverige innebär alltför ofta inte motsvarande berömmelse inom landet. Men ni är fantastiskt bra!2 weeks ago   ·  2
Dick JanssonGrattis! Kul översättning också!2 weeks ago   ·  1

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NEW VIDEO! Now you can finally enjoy the complete 1st 45-minute set of Beat Funktion "Live At Fasching 2014", which was intended for a DVD release last year. Because of issues of formatting, resolution and licenses with regard to different geographical regions we could never finish the production and finally decided that the best option was to release it online on YouTube! Tracks are "Rundfunk", "Kareem", "Kandahari Airport", "Are We Done?" and "Kilimanjaro". Please enjoy and share!

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LIVE AT FASCHING 2014 : Live Concert Set 1 RELEASED ONLINE BY DO MUSIC RECORDS 2014 Recorded live at Jazzclub Fasching April 3 2014. Director of Photography ...

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Beat FunktionThe 2nd set of 50 mins. Tracks are: "Snap To It", "On The Tiles", "Hogwash", "Bongo Universe" and "The Plunge": www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_9EDLZHOGg2 weeks ago   ·  2
Anders BorgströmVicket tunggung!1 week ago   ·  1
Tobias EnbertVilken cool musik:)1 week ago   ·  1
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* * * LIMITED EDITION BEAT FUNKTION T-SHIRTS! * * *
Limited run of 80 pieces (S,M,L,XL)! We will print no more of these! International shipping! Safe payment through PayPal! To order, follow this link to our collector's shop: store7094539.ecwid.com/#!/T-SHIRT-LIMITED-EDITION-BLACK-W-ORANGE-LOGO-S-M-L-XL/p/51098664/category=0
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Mats Mastodontfilmsmats PaulinI already got my hands on two large ones :-)2 weeks ago   ·  1
Jörgen ÅslingMe got one! Love it so much I even sleep with it. Me girlfriend not happy though....1 week ago   ·  2
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Jon B.Love mine! 91.5 FM WUEV Evansville loves Beat Funktion!!4 days ago   ·  1

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Renowned Swedish jazz journal ORKESTERJOURNALEN gives 'Olympus' a great review! Ulf Thelander writes:

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"Beat Funktion has had great success on the album charts in the United States the last few years and the group's latest release Mandy's Secret came to number one in Canada as recently as in November last year. On the new CD Olympus, the group's fifth, they keep exploring their mapped out and successful soul-funk-path. The arrangements are dense and efficient, the pulse is high and the groove metrical and precise. The solos are well-planned and concise where not least saxophonist Olle Thunström gets much exposure this time around, by way of soulful playing on It's About Time and near siren-like sounds on The Hydra. Karl Olandersson's trumpet playing is as usual agile, elegant and may with short notice switch in intensity and be edgy and punchy in the horn passages as well as deliberately withdrawn as in the elegiac and tense ballad Don't Look Back. Guitarist Johan Öijen reinforces the framework with his funky and rhythmically driving riffs, but also takes the frontline as a lyrical soloist in Fallen Hero and with a juicy and full statement in Viper Lady. The vocal tracks have a more independent and prominent role in comparison to their previous albums. Sani Gamedze has a powerful, distinct and persuasive voice in It's About Time, which also goes for Rebecca Laakso in the enticing Where's The Sunshine? All the material is as usual written by Daniel Lantz, this time based on stories from Greek mythology, a concept that is ambitious but sometimes a tad bit pretentious. Still, Lantz and the group stick to their main formula on Olympus and deliver danceable, funk-marinated soul jazz of top quality.

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WGVU Michigan Radio's Scott Vander Werf announces 'Olympus'! Click this link to listen: wgvu2.org/wgvunews/a_download.cfm?mfile=32335_061815.mp3 (5 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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'Olympus' gets some praise in Swedish online jazz publication DIG JAZZ by Thord Ehnberg, who writes:

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"FUNK-OOZING STEADY BEATS SLIGHTLY RENEWED

For their fifth album, Swedish jazz-funk-sextet Beat Funktion fetches inspiration from Greek mythology. All is written and arranged by the album's keyboardist Daniel Lantz. An album somewhat different from previous albums. They are actually bringing vocals for the first time. American rapper Damon Elliott and South African soul singer Sani Gamedze as well as Swedish Rebecca Laakso.

Other than that, the music is generally the same as before. Funk-oozing steady beats, totally infectious. Impossible to sit still. I keep having some body part drumming along to the music. What's more, all is capped with interesting melodic solos with great appeal. From Karl Olandersson's trumpet, Olle Thunström's tenor sax to anyone in the so called rhythm section, Daniel Lantz keyboard, Pal Johnson electric bass, Johan Öijen electric guitar or Jon Eriksson drums. We also get extra help from Ola Bothzén percussion, flautist Charlotte Magnusson and harpist Stina Hellberg Agback as well as a string quartet in a few tracks. In the lovely Waters of Thessaly which radically breaks away from the funk rhythms we usually hear and have heard from the group. And so does the beautiful ballad Don't Look Back played at a solemn slow pace with Olandersson's trumpet as the lead.

Among the vocal offerings, Where's the Sunshine stands out, with Rebecca Laakso vocals and Magnusson in a delightful flute solo as well as the concluding pompously exhilirating Mount Olympus, in which a merry folksy tone has been inserted, where Sani Gamedze's soulful voice appears towards the end. And Elliott's rap vocals are certainly perfect for the funky King Minos. Among the instrumentals, Karl Olandersson and Olle Thunström shine the most with creative soloing on Chimera and It's About Time respectively, while Johan Öijen's guitar is delicious in Viper Lady. The snappy The Hydra is one of many tracks with tasty arrangements.

Beat Funktion has surely renewed their music and found an additional dimension for their expression.

Thord Ehnberg"
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