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3 months ago

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THROWBACK VIDEO! In the spring of 2015, the official music video of 'Where's The Sunshine?' off 5th album 'Olympus' was released, featuring young Swedish pop singer Rebecca Laakso! The song's theme about the mythological Greek sorceress Medea is portrayed by Viktoria Colonna, David Elfversson and Victoria Cerise! For the solos, Charlotte Magnusson wields the flute and Karl Olandersson the trumpet! Please turn up loud and share this cooking track to your friends! Have a great week!

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#beatfunktion #wheresthesunshine #rebeccalaakso #olympus"WHERE'S THE SUNSHINE?" : Official Music Video Concept, direction, photography and editing : FOLKE LANTZ Background paintings : SIGNE MELLBERG LANTZ & DANIEL...
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3 months ago

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THROWBACK VIDEO! The disco-funk extravaganza "It's About Time" featuring South African songstress Sani Gamedze was released on 'Olympus' in June 2015. This simple but effective music video illustrates the song's freedom cry by way of ballet dancers rebelling against a tyrannic and boring dance teacher. Nothing to be taken too seriously, though! Olle Thunström's tenor solo soars in between Gamedze's soulful vocals! Please share to your friends! Play it loud!!!

#beatfunktion #itsabouttime #sanigamedze #olympus

youtu.be/lmoLJxg9NlE"IT'S ABOUT TIME" : Official Music Video Concept, direction, photography and editing : FOLKE LANTZ Sound recording : MATS BJÖRKE Sound mastering : TOBIAS CAR...
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4 months ago

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NEW REVIEW! Two years post-release, US writer Mark S Tucker gives 'Olympus' from 2015 an insightful review! He writes:

"BEAT FUNKTION – Olympus (2015 / Do Music)

Way back yonder in 1978, a few years after the success of A.L. Weber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ, Superstar - the Ted Neeley version seen in film - 20th Century Fox tried to duplicate the feat in another stab at history role-playing with Michael Rapp’s Ulysses, The Greek Suite. It was a mixed bag of the very good and the not-so-damned good, came and went quickly, and is pretty much still ignored, still remaindered n the cheap racks and rating a 3 or under in venues that tend to like 5-star rating systems, though it’s a highly amusing attempt to amalgamate several musical genres under one heading. That was it’s Achilles Heel, that fusion of so many genres that much of the 2-LP set came off as a children’s record.

Come up the years to 2015, and Daniel Lantz & Co., better known as the sparkling Beat Funktion jazz-fusion unit, decided to take up the task of reviving the elder gods in their own idiom, resulting in a much more cohesive effort, a 75-minute cycle of 15 songs detailing the time when people looked to Mt. Olympus for their salvation rather than Heaven Inc., LLC, or any of the modern science-fiction utopias in the skies. BF’s distillation, however, is much more classically oriented than their boogying dance floor CDs, so it makes for an interesting progressive break with the band’s traditions while exploring philosophical waters.

“Waters of Thessaly”, for instance, is a pastorale before breaking into the Tower of Power-esque intrumental “Viper Lady”, taking us from idyllic promenades and arbors to the Dancin’ Feet Disco down on the main drag. “Don’t Look Back” follows in a ballad highly reminiscent of Herb Alpert or Chuck Mangione in a contemplative mood, Karl Olandersson on trumpet. The peripatetic “The Hydra” snaps into a dark-ish pensee setting up BF’s trademark funk, this time a la olde Weather Report, with jazz explorations of theme and melody culminating in a receding storm veering into the distance.

All up, Olympus, finishing out in the 11-minute “Olympus” title track, again very “I Sing the Body Electric”-esque blended perhaps with bit of Hubert Laws or Dave Valentine and the CTI era amid modern classicalism, is an interesting presentation of what happens when a talented composer bends back and quill to a more cinematic approach than the crowd-pleasing other efforts issued for a completely different environment. The question then remains: can you boogy in the Parthenon while floating in Elyseum and heeding the prophesies of a trio of Cassandras (three vocal tracks)? I think you can!"

- Mark S Tucker, Vampirus Veritas, US
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NEW REVIEW! Two years post-release, US writer Mark S Tucker gives Olympus from 2015 an insightful review! He writes:

BEAT FUNKTION – Olympus (2015 / Do Music)
 
Way back yonder in 1978, a few years after the success of A.L. Weber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ, Superstar - the Ted Neeley version seen in film - 20th Century Fox tried to duplicate the feat in another stab at history role-playing with Michael Rapp’s Ulysses, The Greek Suite. It was a mixed bag of the very good and the not-so-damned good, came and went quickly, and is pretty much still ignored, still remaindered n the cheap racks and rating a 3 or under in venues that tend to like 5-star rating systems, though it’s a highly amusing attempt to amalgamate several musical genres under one heading. That was it’s Achilles Heel, that fusion of so many genres that much of the 2-LP set came off as a children’s record.
 
Come up the years to 2015, and Daniel Lantz & Co., better known as the sparkling Beat Funktion jazz-fusion unit, decided to take up the task of reviving the elder gods in their own idiom, resulting in a much more cohesive effort, a 75-minute cycle of 15 songs detailing the time when people looked to Mt. Olympus for their salvation rather than Heaven Inc., LLC, or any of the modern science-fiction utopias in the skies. BF’s distillation, however, is much more classically oriented than their boogying dance floor CDs, so it makes for an interesting progressive break with the band’s traditions while exploring philosophical waters.
 
“Waters of Thessaly”, for instance, is a pastorale before breaking into the Tower of Power-esque intrumental “Viper Lady”, taking us from idyllic promenades and arbors to the Dancin’ Feet Disco down on the main drag. “Don’t Look Back” follows in a ballad  highly reminiscent of Herb Alpert or Chuck Mangione in a contemplative mood, Karl Olandersson on trumpet.  The peripatetic “The Hydra” snaps into a dark-ish pensee setting up BF’s trademark funk, this time a la olde Weather Report, with jazz explorations of theme and melody culminating in a receding storm veering into the distance.
 
All up, Olympus, finishing out in the 11-minute “Olympus” title track, again very “I Sing the Body Electric”-esque blended perhaps with bit of Hubert Laws or Dave Valentine and the CTI era amid modern classicalism, is an interesting presentation of what happens when a talented composer bends back and quill to a more cinematic approach than the crowd-pleasing other efforts issued for a completely different environment. The question then remains: can you boogy in the Parthenon while floating in Elyseum and heeding the prophesies of a trio of Cassandras (three vocal tracks)? I think you can!

- Mark S Tucker, Vampirus Veritas, US

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4 months ago

Beat Funktion

*** DIGITAL RE-RELEASE ***
"RIO"
single

NOW AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON
iTunes: itun.es/se/OKX1jb
Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/4FgZcJXV5RIp3DsXwJteJc
Amazon: a.co/5FxCUvP
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*** DIGITAL RE-RELEASE ***
RIO 
single

NOW AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON
iTunes: https://itun.es/se/OKX1jb
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4FgZcJXV5RIp3DsXwJteJc
Amazon: http://a.co/5FxCUvP

4 months ago

Beat Funktion

THROWBACK VIDEO! Released in the summer of 2014, the official music video for the title track of Beat Funktion's 'Mandy's Secret' offers up a noirish plot of intrigue, jealousy and deception centered around the mysterious Mandy! Johan Öijen's soaring guitar and Lucie Gattepaille's French narration are highlights in this pumping funk track! Crank up the volume, enjoy and share to your friends! Have an amazing week!

#beatfunktion #mandyssecret

youtu.be/SMdh2wBxNs0"MANDY'S SECRET" : Official Music Video Concept, direction and editing : DANIEL LANTZ Director of Photography : FOLKE LANTZ, LARS LINDGREN Sound recording : ...
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5 months ago

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THROWBACK VIDEO! In the summer of 2014, while Beat Funktion were on their way to the US, we released this super-groovy music video of 'Rundfunk', a track from their fourth album 'Mandy's Secret'. Shot on a scenic Finnish island of Alandia, with a hat and shades-donning groovy dude and a vintage radio as the main protagonists, Karl Olandersson and Daniel Lantz get to share the limelight as soloists! As always, this sounds best when played loud! Please share to your funk-loving friends and enjoy your week!

#beatfunktion #rundfunk #mandyssecret

youtu.be/SxmBQivIOxA"RUNDFUNK" : Official Music Video Concept, direction and editing : DANIEL LANTZ Director of Photography : FOLKE LANTZ, LARS LINDGREN Sound recording : MATS B...
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6 months ago

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NEW VIDEO! In this last clip from the Beat Funktion show at Hijazz Music Festival in September 2016, emotions run high as Swedish blues legend Claes Janson reminisces to the slow-paced groove-infused soul ballad 'Rewind', off the 'Green Man' album! Turn the sound up, share to your friends and have a fantastic week!

#beatfunktion #greenman #rewind #claesjanson

youtu.be/QcxgUSzRGl0Claes Janson performs "Rewind" with Beat Funktion live at the Hijazz Music Festival, Reginateatern, Uppsala, Sweden on September 3 2016. "REWIND" (ft. Claes ...
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6 months ago

Beat Funktion

NEW REVIEW! American music writer Mark S. Tucker delivers an ebullient piece on 'Green Man'! As published in his newsletter Vampirus Veritas:

"You get 77 minutes of pure jazz-funk magic with Green Man, basically a twofer jampacked with great vocalists and the band’s ever-top-notch instrumental work, the best of two worlds!" - Mark S Tucker, US

READ THE FULL REVIEW:

BEAT FUNKTION – Green Man (2017 / Do Music Records)

Ya gotta love a record that starts up with a funky wah-wah guitar for the foundation rhythm and then just keeps piling the instruments on, developing a jazz walk strutting all over the city to a brass blare and slew-footed organ melody line (Daniel Lantz). Then the guitar cuts in and takes over (Johan Oljen) as the rest of the ensemble (Pal Johnson – bass, Jon Eriksson – drums, Karl Olandersson – trumpet, Olle Thunstrom – tenor sax) plugs away at a dance floor beat that’ll leave the crowd sprinting to the bar for electrolyte replacement afterwards!

This time around, however, the band’s going in for vocals in a big way, and no sooner than the second cut, the 13:46 extravaganza “Tomorrow”, do we discover what that means. Slowed way down from the opening rave-up, it’s a sensuous euro-funk tune a la The Great One, Lonnie Liston Smith, and his ravishing atmospherics. There’s never enough of this ilk of music, and Beat Funktion takes full advantage of the sub-genre, Viktoria Tolstoy (great-great-granddaughter of Leo!) & AFRO at the helm, she with her soulful encantations ranging from the sultry to the exalted, they beefing up the environment with enchanting backing vox. An orchestra slips in through the back door, and we repair to a forest of sonics a la the best of disco at its height.

Alicia Olatuja picks up the microphone for “In Love In Vain” as the tempo picks back up for a soulful R&B jazz blend rocking with echoes of Average White Band. Adee, Jasmine Kara, and Matilda Gratte keep the feminine sonics going cut after cut, but, hey!, it ain’t just wimmens here! Claes Janson puts in a croony “Rewind”, Damon Elliott teams up with Ms. Kara for a rap-jazzy “Over the Ocean”, Kara taking him over the top in dynamic contrast, and Deodato Siquir lays down some righteous African-global groove, AFRO accompanying with street-angel chorals in a killer 11-minute title track.

You get 77 minutes of pure jazz-funk magic with Green Man, basically a twofer jampacked with great vocalists and the band’s ever-top-notch instrumental work, the best of two worlds. If, however, you come away from this disc with a thirst for the purely instrumental side of the band, consider these as the next additions to your collection:

www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p08859.htm

www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p09710.htm

www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p10022.htm

Needless to say, they’re all in my own very voluminous hoard, get lots of play at the crash pad, and then provoke big smiles and swaying hips above dancing feet whenever I take ‘em along to parties. NOT, I hasten to add, that I’m a partyin’ kinda guy, heavens no!, I’m just doing anthropological research on, um, The Audient Moderne and Omni-Structural Groovitude in Post-Anthropocene Music Beatitudes, something like that, and I’m happy to say I’ve got enough info just from Beat Funktion to do a doctoral dissertation…which, of course, I’ll get right on as soon as me and the bartender finish comparing notes on the efficacies of Manhattans, Bloody Marys, and Grasshoppers in their adjunctive enhancements of same…if, that is, I can make it out of the bar.

- Mark S Tucker, Vampirus Veritas, US
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NEW REVIEW! American music writer Mark S. Tucker delivers an ebullient piece on Green Man! As published in his newsletter Vampirus Veritas: 

You get 77 minutes of pure jazz-funk magic with Green Man, basically a twofer jampacked with great vocalists and the band’s ever-top-notch instrumental work, the best of two worlds! - Mark S Tucker, US

READ THE FULL REVIEW:

BEAT FUNKTION – Green Man (2017 / Do Music Records)
 
Ya gotta love a record that starts up with a funky wah-wah guitar for the foundation rhythm and then just keeps piling the instruments on, developing a jazz walk strutting all over the city to a brass blare and slew-footed organ melody line (Daniel Lantz). Then the guitar cuts in and takes over (Johan Oljen) as the rest of the ensemble (Pal Johnson – bass, Jon Eriksson – drums, Karl Olandersson – trumpet, Olle Thunstrom – tenor sax) plugs away at a dance floor beat that’ll leave the crowd sprinting to the bar for electrolyte replacement afterwards!
 
This time around, however, the band’s going in for vocals in a big way, and no sooner than the second cut, the 13:46 extravaganza “Tomorrow”, do we discover what that means. Slowed way down from the opening rave-up, it’s a sensuous euro-funk tune a la The Great One, Lonnie Liston Smith, and his ravishing atmospherics. There’s never enough of this ilk of music, and Beat Funktion takes full advantage of the sub-genre, Viktoria Tolstoy (great-great-granddaughter of Leo!) & AFRO at the helm, she with her soulful encantations ranging from the sultry to the exalted, they beefing up the environment with enchanting backing vox. An orchestra slips in through the back door, and we repair to a forest of sonics a la the best of disco at its height.

Alicia Olatuja picks up the microphone for “In Love In Vain” as the tempo picks back up for a soulful R&B jazz blend rocking with echoes of Average White Band. Adee, Jasmine Kara, and Matilda Gratte keep the feminine sonics going cut after cut, but, hey!, it ain’t just wimmens here! Claes Janson puts in a croony “Rewind”, Damon Elliott teams up with Ms. Kara for a rap-jazzy “Over the Ocean”, Kara taking him over the top in dynamic contrast, and Deodato Siquir lays down some righteous African-global groove, AFRO accompanying with street-angel chorals in a killer 11-minute title track.
 
You get 77 minutes of pure jazz-funk magic with Green Man, basically a twofer jampacked with great vocalists and the band’s ever-top-notch instrumental work, the best of two worlds. If, however, you come away from this disc with a thirst for the purely instrumental side of the band, consider these as the next additions to your collection:
 
http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p08859.htm

http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p09710.htm

http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p10022.htm

Needless to say, they’re all in my own very voluminous hoard, get lots of play at the crash pad, and then provoke big smiles and swaying hips above dancing feet whenever I take ‘em along to parties. NOT, I hasten to add, that I’m a partyin’ kinda guy, heavens no!, I’m just doing anthropological research on, um, The Audient Moderne and Omni-Structural Groovitude in Post-Anthropocene Music Beatitudes, something like that, and I’m happy to say I’ve got enough info just from Beat Funktion to do a doctoral dissertation…which, of course, I’ll get right on as soon as me and the bartender finish comparing notes on the efficacies of Manhattans, Bloody Marys, and Grasshoppers in their adjunctive enhancements of same…if, that is, I can make it out of the bar.

- Mark S Tucker, Vampirus Veritas, US

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