NEWS! While Beat Funktion currently cruises through Colorado, their 'Mandy's Secret'-album climbs the Canadian charts all the way to #4! Don't miss Beat Funktion as they hit Aspen on Thursday the 20th at the Belly Up!
SHOW! U.S. Fans! Come and rejoice to Swedish chart-topping jazz-funk as Beat Funktion hits exclusive ski resort Aspen, the vacational home of the rich and famous, performing at the prestigious Belly Up (www.bellyupaspen.com) venue! The band is joined by Washington-based bass player Nicholas Lima De Faria Soderstrom and secret guests! Take the chance and get signed CDs by the band! Show starts at 9.30 pm!
Beat FunktionThe line-up for tonight's show at Aspen:
PETER OLSTAD : trumpet
JONATHAN ROWDEN : tenor sax
JOHAN OIJEN : electric guitar
DANIEL LANTZ : keyboards
NICHOLAS SODERSTROM DE FARIA LIMA : electric bass
JON ERIKSSON : drums
Show starts at 9.30 pm.3 days ago · 2
NEWS! 'Mandy's Secret' is back up at #3 on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz Chart, competing with Impulse artists Kenny Barron, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden and Jim Hall, as well as Blue Note-artist Jason Moran! Watch out, the funky Swedes are coming! ... See MoreSee Less
NEW VIDEO! Get some more live funk from Beat Funktion's release concert as they go for the slow cooking groove of "Port Arthur", a track off their brand new album "Mandy's Secret". Daniel Lantz treats us to some cool synthesizer sounds! Please share!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT! ==========================
Hi Venues and Beat Funktion fans.
We have just learned that the issuance of the final Visas for the band will be delayed. ISIS threats, elevated security alerts, Ebola and a computer system down at INS all contributed to the delay, which is totally out of our control.
We are deeply sorry that we will miss the first week of the tour. Venues and radio stations have been contacted.
The Visas to be issued are for a year so the band will reschedule and expects to return to the States after this tour in the spring. Hopefully, all willing, we will be able to play the dates cancelled.
The band is also being romanced by a major jazz label and things really look promising. Again, we apologize 1000 x for the burden and inconvenience this will cause to the venues, radio stations and fans.
Beat Funktion Management
-- Steve Eggleston, Esq., aka The Eggman Vegas Office: +1 702-998-7364 Mobile: +1 702-772-3286 Email: Steve@EggmanGlobal.com ... See MoreSee Less
NEW VIDEO! Wow, watch BF on their 'Mandy's Secret' release concert in Sweden when they are having a go at their hit song "The Plunge" from their 2010 debut-album. Cool solos by everyone, with guest performances by guitarist Jonas Isaksson and percussionist Simon Monserrat! Get groovy! And please share!
Beat FunktionMANDY’S SECRET, A DISC WITH LAID-BACK FUNK ROCK
Published by Olle Ekman.
THE UPPSALA BAND BEAT FUNKTION WINS AN AUDIENCE WITH MODERNIST AND FUNKY NOSTALGIA
Mandy's Secret keeps one foot in the easy-listening jazz modernism and the other foot in edgy funk and rock. Maybe it's just the sound of this mix that makes the Uppsala-band Beat Funktion so popular right now, especially in the US?
There's something upbeat and laid-back about Beat Funktion’s new CD Mandy's Secret which they recently had a release gig for at Hijazz. I associate their sound on the disc to post-war optimism, an atmosphere that I myself remember from the 60s when I was little. Those were modern times, people expected that everything would simply get better and more comfortable. The sound of Mandy's Secret makes me think of what was then called "hyper-modern" urban environments where everything was practical and functional. Those were happy everydays in which the "modern metropolitan man" drifted around, smoking cool cigarettes cool and had a good time. Could it be this optimistic 60s atmosphere that has enabled Beat Funktion to hit the charts in the US? The fact that people now want to have associations with happier times?
Sure, it might not be appropriate to associate Beat Funktion to such modern urban settings, where they played flat, non-descript jazz and popular music through the speakers inside shopping centers and lifts. Such music usually known as "muzak" and coming out in public places that we barely notice. I suppose that’s not what Beat Funktion plays? No it is not, there is also a persistent beat of funk and rock that gives the album Mandy's Secret an attitude. But I would still say that there is a connection to the laid-back, cool urban modernism, I think I'm on to something there. The music on Mandy's Secret has one foot in the cool, easily digested modernist jazz and the other in tough 70s funk, soul and rock. And it may actually be just the mixture of the two styles that so many find danceable and catchy. It's like James Brown and Svante Thuresson at the same time, so to speak.
The title song Mandy's Secret is the only one with lyrics. It is not singing, but rather a female voice reading a text in French about her own experiences. Like all the songs Mandy's Secret has a beat rhythm and somehow this particular song has a somewhat melancholy sound. One gets the feeling that Mandy is a woman in the crowd as we only get to meet a little while and that her secret has something to do with a boyfriend. The song is built around a guitar solo that goes on and on and becomes increasingly vivid and more varied. There's also a video for the song where Mandy strolls with a man in a park in autumn weather. It conveys a nice, elusive mood.
Another song I want to mention is I Am The Summer which really feels summery and optimistic and has a saxophone beat in the groundwork. Almost all the songs on the album are built around a particular instrument and on this track it’s the saxophone. The intensity increases as the sax solo just goes on and on. This build-up, I think, is what makes the album special. There is a live feel to it because the solos are so long. One gets the feeling that the record was recorded live in the studio and solos improvised on the spot. And it might not be impossible that the recording happened that way?
On the song Port Arthur it is the keyboard which dominates with a long and increasingly varied solo. It is by way of the long solos that Beat Funktion elevates the skills of the individual musicians and in this case it seems to be Daniel Lantz’ turn. An example of a faster song with a tougher style is Budo. It is built around a howling guitar solo, probably by Johan Oijen and towards the end distorted sounds and hypnotic drums enter.
A song that I think can relate a little to my argument about modernist music in public places is Kandahari Airport, it begins with a long bass groove and has a sharp, hypnotic beat. It's a song very easy on the ears that feels hot and sunny and maybe it would be appropriate music to be played precisely at Kandahari Airport? I think this track shows that I am not completely wrong in my thoughts on public "muzak". Should be added that in the end is Kandahari Airport not quite as easy on the ears.
The listeners can discover the rest of the songs on their own. I personally feel that this is one of those tiles that will grow on you the more you listen. Beat Funktion is a skilled unit of six Uppsala musicians who also performs with other constellations. I myself have heard that the band's live shows are something special. Beat Funktions keep bringing the heat more and more during their shows and in the end no one can stand still. That's probably where they are at their greatest advantage and their live performances have certainly a big part of their popularity. The band has struck gold in the US, where they are on the charts at the same levels as Keith Jarrett and Dr. John. They are especially high up on American jazz charts. And Mandy's Secret has already received much praise in the US reviews.
This music can certainly be perceived as very modern and as a new kind of danceable and catchy "dance-funk". Mandy's Secret is absolutely a modern and tastefully produced album, but myself I would like to state that I think I hear a distinct '60s and' 70s nostalgia.
Beat Funktion consists of Jon Eriksson, drums, electric guitar, Johan Oijen, Olle Tunström sax, Karl Olandersson, trumpet, Daniel Lantz keyboards and Paul Johnson, bass. The songs on Mandy's Secret are built around solos in which the various instrumentalists shows their skill.3 weeks ago · 1
NEW VIDEO! Watch "Revealing Mandy's Secret", a 25-minute behind-the-scenes look into the making of Beat Funktion's fourth album "Mandy's Secret"! Daniel Lantz shares his insight into the work on the compositions, the music videos, the mixing and the recordings for this chart-topping album. Please share!
NEWS! Swedish jazz E-zine DIG Jazz reviews 'Mandy's Secret':
SMITTANDE, STAMPVÄNLIGT FUNKGUNG Beat Funktion Mandy´s Secret (DO Music/Plugged Music)
Beat Funktion, svensk jazzfunk sextett som rönt framgång runt om i världen. Som mest kanske i USA där redan debutalbumet som kom för cirka fyra år sedan, The Plunge, mottogs med förtjusning. Och det andra, Moon Town, låg hela femton veckor på amerikanska radiolistor.
Nu deras 4:e cd, Mandy´s Secret, innehållande tio kompositioner skrivna av klaviaturist Daniel Lantz. Förutom Lantz keyboard spelar Karl Olandersson trumpet Olle Thunström tenorsax, Johan Öljén gitarr, Pal Johnson elbas och Jon Eriksson trummor. Dessutom tillkommer gäster i några av spåren, Ola Bothzen och Folke Lantz div. percussions och Mats Björke ljudeffekter, som förstärker det sprudlande funk idiomet.
Musiken precis som föregående skivor med den så ”stampvänligt” smittande funkgunget i samtliga spår. Från inledande I Am the Summer till och med sista tonen i Rundfunk. Enformigt måhända med hela 60 minuter likartat upprepande funk ös chorus efter chorus hela skivan genom. Variation finns dock genom skickligt solospel. Främst då Karl Olandersson med alltid kreativt skapande trumpetspel och Olle Thunströms manhaftigt spelade tenorsaxofon. Och så finns en tjusig ballad instucken, Are We Done? Med funkgunget bevarat i långsamt tempo."
Beat FunktionENGLISH TRANSLATION:
"Beat Funktion, Swedish jazz funk sextet who's enjoyed success around the world. Maybe the most in the US where their debut album, which came about four years ago, The Plunge, was received with delight. And secondly, Moon Town, staying for fifteen weeks on the US radio charts .
Now we have their fourth CD Mandy's Secret, containing ten compositions written by keyboardist Daniel Lantz. In addition to Lantz playing keyboards, we hear Karl Olandersson, trumpet, Olle Thunström, tenor sax, Johan Öljen, guitar, on electric bass Pal Johnson and Jon Eriksson on drums. In addition to these we hear guests in some of the tracks, Ola Bothzen and Folke Lantz on miscellaneous percussion and Mats Björke on sound effects, which reinforce the exuberant funk idiom.
The music is just like previous discs filled with "toe-tapping-friendly " infectious funk get-into-the-groove of all grooves. From the opening I Am the Summer until the last note of the Rundfunk. Monotonous perhaps with as much as 60 minutes similarly repeating funk grooves chorus after chorus the whole disc through. Variation is there, however, by skillful solo playing. Mainly with Karl Olandersson's always creative trumpet playing and Olle Thunström's masculine tenor saxophone. And then there's a nifty ballad inserted, Are We Done?, with the groovy funk preserved in a slow tempo.
- Thord Ehnberg"3 weeks ago · 1