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Where it all started... 'The Plunge' now on Spotify!

Beat Funktion's debut album released in the fall of 2010 is the only among their albums to contain a funkified jazz standard, George Gershwin's 'Summertime', a left-over from the band's earliest dance-floor days. Compiled of several separate recordings throughout 2008 and 2009, 'The Plunge' is a very 'live' recording. It was praised in a number of prominent US publications for its spontaneous feel, and helped to open doors for the band to the American market back in 2011. Please share! What critics say:

“The group’s spontaneously combusting mix of jazz, vintage R&B, and disco is happening stuff!” – Leslie Connors, JazzTimes, US

"Beat Funktion pushes the pedal to the floor, all the way down, and unleashes disco fireballs that would set any club ablaze. Imagine a well-honed jazz act schooled by Parliament and James Brown. That, in essence, is Beat Funktion” – Robert Sutton, Top40-Charts, US

“Se här, en rejäl doft av 70-talet och gammal god discostämning. Det gungar och svänger så att man har svårt att sitta still. Och jag slås av hur välproducerad den här plattan är. Här finns allt med. Stråkarna, Fender Rhodes, den bubblande och mullrande elbasen och den luftiga kören ger allt den där sköna och rätta karaktären” – Bo Levander, Jönköpingsposten, SE

”Den Uppsala/Stockholm-baserade gruppen lanserar en hårdpulserande, funkjuckande, Fender Rhodesmättad klubbjazz, där Karl Olandersson och tenorsaxofonisten Olle Thunström har mycket riffande att sköta!” – Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan, SE

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NEWS! Beat Funktion's 'Olympus' lands a late but great review in the American Audiophile Review (audiophilereview.com/). Paul Wilson writes:

"Starting with the decidedly Greek theme of the CD jacket, to the introductory poem about Greek Gods and myths, Beat Funktion never fails creativity and inspiration. This Swedish jazz group delivers fifteen tracks of a blend of high octane jazz and large scale sound, including the opening spoken poem as a track. They blend soul, funk and yes, even modified rap sprinkled in for good measure. This is a stunning work by a group I have come to enjoy very much. Olympus is my third Beat Funktion work to be reviewed and also the third to be copied to my music server. If you have been curious what Swedish up-tempo, contemporary jazz sounds like, listening to Olympus by Beat Funktion is a really good place to start.

Overall: 8.5
Sonics: 8.5"

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Beat Funktion "Final Show" at Bistro Hijazz

June 3, 2016, 10:00pm

Bistro Hijazz

On Friday 3rd of June 2016, Beat Funktion serves up a final concert at the cultural meeting point and music venue known as Bistro Hijazz in Central Uppsala. This is where Beat Funktion had its very first public concert on June 4 2008, and it is also the place where parts of the debut album "The Plunge" was recorded in 2009. Sadly, the venue will disappear by mid-June this year, so the band will pay a final tribute to the venue and its organizers by offering their trademark danceable, groovy disco-jazz-funk-soul concoction. Guest performers for the evening are Sani Gamedze, vocals, Rebecca Laakso, vocals and Peter Plynning on percussion. Line-up: Karl Olandersson, trumpet Olle Thunström, tenor sax Johan Öijen, electric guitar Daniel Lantz, keyboards Pal Johnson, electric bass Jon Eriksson, drums Guests: Sani Gamedze, vocals Rebecca Laakso, vocals Peter Plynning, percussion Beat Funktion Official Website: www.beatfunktion.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Beat-Funktion/110757424307 CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BeatFunktion iTunes: itunes.apple.com/se/artist/beat-funktion/id409542479 Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/2zKeZvfAOo1RvcT4mmSfdW ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/beatfunktion SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/beatfunktion Instagram: instagram.com/beatfunktion/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBqVVdWv0uQ www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxmBQivIOxA www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMdh2wBxNs0 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho_vzzooEag www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8hx4yeJdmc www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUk38eIfyPE --------------------------- RECENSIONER & MERITER: OLYMPUS (2015) (Do Music Records) 12th Most Played Album 2015 On The CMJ Jazz Charts Nominated For Best Album, Best Band, Best Newcomer And Best Producer In 2015 By Scandinavian Soul Music Awards Modern Jazz Channel Lists ‘Olympus’ At #7 among 2015’s Top 25 Jazz Albums 16 Consecutive Weeks On American Jazz Charts Peaking at #1 On Canadian Earshot Charts Peaking at #2 On US CMJ Radio Charts Peaking at #41 On JazzWeek Mainstream Charts “I wish you could have heard the collective sound of delight that rang out across the KMHD studios after opening the latest release from Beat Funktion. These Swedish Jazz-Funk pioneers have now released four VITAL albums in the US, but their newest might just be their best to date. This music is athletic, head-bobbing, visceral – but most of all FUN! It’s one of the few new releases we get requests for from our audience, and that makes me very happy!” – Matt Fleeger, KMHD Jazz Radio Oregon, US “This album sounds fresh even though it builds upon a particular sound from the past. While it gives a strong representation of the 70s fusion sound, it certainly does not sound dated. Great compositions, solid playing and slick production make this a fantastic album. While the presence of slick production sometimes has the potential to ruin a band’s sound, that is not the case here. The production is such that the group is shown to be the incredibly tight ensemble that they are, while adding interest and concept to the overall sound!” – Geannine Reid, All About Jazz, US “Beat Funktion is interesting because they do it all, like a Swiss army knife, an invigorating group of post-funk and jazz sculpted for the 21st century; the musical multi-tool is the pure sound revelation of the seventies, combined with modern jazz. They are all virtuoso, all vibrant soloists and impeccable team players. In the tradition of all noteworthy artistic creators, every last individual shines throughout on Olympus!” – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes, US “The music is exotic, moving and deep. And it is much more rooted in contemporary jazz than Mandy was. The funk base still reigns, of course; Beat Funktion has not abandoned their sound but they have deepened, twisted and grown it. This album drives like a supercharged chariot!” – Michael Scott Cain, Rambles, US “The crossover ability of the six musicians is remarkable! They meet and conquer the challenge of adapting to such varied styles, often within the space of a single track!” – Travis Rogers Jr, Music Life and Times, US “Another thoroughly satisfying release from a band that delivers the groove, every time!” – Chris Cooke, KIOS 91.5 FM, Omaha, US “Beat Funktion’s brand of fusion can rightly claim old-school funk among its lines of lineage. The unflinching rhythmic repetition found in abundance on the Swedish sextet’s current set bears a kinship with that which was a staple of James Brown’s fare!” – Duane Verh, Jazz & Blues Magazine, US “Surely their most accomplished album so far!” – Wilfrid Maas, Fonkadelica, FR “Those funky Swedes, Beat Funktion, are back at it with new concept album ‘Olympus’, perhaps their best compositions yet!” – Bradley Stone, The Creative Source, Soul And Jazz, US “I found this album to be aesthetically pleasing not just because I’m interested in the subject matter, but because the music has a certain je ne sais quoi that fuels the imagination. Plus, you can boogie with the funk, as the kids probably today say. 10/10 Stars!” – Melanie Zelikovksy, Kamp Radio Tuscon, Arizona, US “Totally infectious! Impossible to sit still!” – Thord Ehnberg, DIG Jazz, SE “When this outstanding six-piece-band, with guests, get all groovy, that is when they impress big time. Just follow Ralph Erle’s request: “Now, put on your groovy shoes, turn up the volume and let us begin the game of the Gods!” – Nils Ågren, Tidningen 7, SE “Rich funk-jazz! Beat Funktion mixes funky jazz with rap and vocals and the result is brilliant!” – Mats Åkterström, Norran, SE “Danceable, funk-marinated soul jazz of top quality!” – Ulf Thelander, Orkesterjournalen, SE “From beginning to end, the funk sextet sounds particularly inspired, and the album has variation as well as coherence. You need a powerful groove to bring on the funk and the band sure is delivering in that respect!” – Andreas Lagercrantz, Lira Musikmagasin, SE “With American star producer Damon Elliott involved, Norberg-born Daniel Lantz and his Beat Funktion are now releasing a new album. ‘Olympus’, the name of the fifth and latest installment in Beat Funktion’s career, is something out of the ordinary!” – Emeli Lillbacka, Fagersta-Posten, SE “The groove is just as good and cool as on previous albums! An exciting album that I love listening to!” – Lennart Götesson, Dala-Demokraten, SE “Fun stuff that finds them taking on some new moves and delivering the kind of heat to thaw out frozen climes!” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US MANDY’S SECRET (2014) (Do Music Records) 20 Consecutive Weeks On American Jazz Charts Peaking at #1 On Canadian Earshot Charts Peaking at #3 On US CMJ Radio Charts Peaking at #4 On International Roots Music Report Charts Peaking #34 On JazzWeek Mainstream Charts “Beat Funktion’s latest endeavor is the next contribution to a growing discography that I feel one day will be added to the reference point of great funk/jazz bands, certainly ones to watch. Highly Recommended!” – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes, US “The band Beat Funktion has a great sound that joins funk, jazz, rock and soul in a very fresh way to create a sound that is incredibly modern and enjoyable.” – The Jazz Page, US “Overall, this band brings to the table a breath of fresh, albeit nostalgic, air. They demonstrate just how much fun can be had in fusing the various elements of jazz with groove and funk!” – Johnny McFarland, KJHK 90.7 FM, US “I can here reliably report that the groovin-n-then-some Beat Funktion is back stronger than ever, more so even than their last outing, Voodooland, which aced its own 2013 killer, Moon Town …and, thank you God!, that means, in 2014, we got two BF releases, the very definition of ‘bonanza’ and ‘providence’. – Mark S. Tucker, FAME Review, US “Instantly enticing RnB electrified funk with the unrestrictive improv spirit of jazz that’s garnered Beat Funktion a lot of airplay on jazz stations in the USA as well as extended residencies at the high end of jazz charts there and abroad.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else, US “Beat Funktion tap into a vibe of fun and festivity of Jazz-Funk!” – Crates of JR, US “More than proving they have the right stuff and are here to stay, this funk express train is hurtling mightily through the night with it’s load on board and intact. Killer stuff that gets and keeps the party going.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US “Det här är jazz funk av bästa märke!” – Anders Lagercrantz, LIRA Musikmagazin, SE VOODOOLAND (2013-2014) (Do Music Records/P-Vine Records) 16 Consecutive Weeks On US Charts Peaking at #1 On US Radio Charts For 3 Consecutive Weeks 8 Weeks Among Top 10 On Canadian Charts Exclusive Japan-only limited edition available “A funky retro sound that cooks in 2014!” – D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine, US “A very enjoyable ‘desert island’ release that is sure to please!” – Paul Wilson, Audiophile Magazine, US “When you’re done with the disc, track down the mind-blowing Montreux All-Stars 22-minute version of ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ cause it’s going to be hard to find beats to take up the slack once ‘Voodooland’ has its way with you!” – Mark S. Tucker, FAME Review “Jazz-funk supreme from Sweden that will cast it’s spell on you and your hips in the immediate!” – Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation, US “No matter what genre of music you may listen to, Voodooland is worth a listen and I will gamble it will become your go-to album in years to come. Old school rules. Highly Recommended!” – Douglas Reid, The Examiner, US “The music remains the coolest, hippest jazz/funk/reggae/hip-hop groove mix in Scandinavia and beyond!” – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here, UK “The six guys in Sweden’s Beat Funktion play funk music… and the good news is that they’re damn good at it!” – D. Seven, LMNOP Magazine, US “First white boys take over the blues, now Swedish white boys claim the funk. It’s a world gone mad alright, but it at least it has first class funk in it. Hot stuff throughout!” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US “Voodooland” offers jazz-funk mastered to perfection!” – Wilfrid Masse, French Fonkadelica, FR “I’ve said it before and I say it again – bring Beat Funktion to Ö-vik! – This swings like f**k!” – Nils Ågren, Tidningen 7, SE “Here is everything that makes this style of music what it is, a hot stew of rhythms and tones. … This is jazz-funk of the highest order!” – Lennart Götesson, Dala-Demokraten, SE REVIEW IN EARPHONE SPIRAL, JAPAN MOON TOWN (2013) (Do Music Records) 15 Consecutive Weeks On US Radio Charts Peaking at #4 On CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts Top 5 Canadian Charts “First rate music played by a first rate band!” – John Book, This Is Book’s Music, US “This crew excels at 70s flavored funk!” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US “Raw, funky grooves and danceable rhythms which will appeal to all generations who enjoy the gritty grooves of funk and the complexities of jazz melodies. Take a trip through Moon Town, and catch the vibe!” – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes, US “In the hands of lesser musicians, this music would be dicey. But Beat Funktion is a crack ensemble with a James Brown-attention to the almighty beat that makes these grooves what they are!” – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz, US “The title combined with the cover art alone was reason enough to give Beat Funktion a spin… I was not disappointed!” – Brent Black, Critical Jazz, US “Hailing from Sweden, the home of ’70s pop icon Abba, Beat Funktion creates a mixture of American funk and Euro pop that is as contagious as it was over forty years ago attracting a new generation of fans to the entertainment facet of funk-based tracks!” – Susan Frances, Yahoo News, US “‘Moon Town’ sits firmly in the ‘way cool’ category!” – Mark S Tucker, FAME Review, US “By far one of the most intellectually interesting, excitingly dynamic, and groundbreaking spins to cross my desk in many years!” – Karl Stober, EJazzNews, US “We found ourselves listening to this one over and again, a sure sign of hooks that sink in!”- D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine, US “An album I intended to dismiss in a couple of paragraphs but became more and more hooked!” – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here, UK “Spend some time here, discover a group truly innovative on many levels. BEAT FUNKTION is wholly addictive – and over the top entertaining! 5 stars out of 5!” – Grady Harp, Amazon, US “De spelar också med genuin känsla för stilen. Vi talar synkoperade grooves, gurglande elpiano och blåtonat blås minnande om 70-talets deckarvinjetter och en Herbie Hancock iförd märklig tribalmask!” – Johannes Cornell, Dagens Nyheter, SE “Dansant jazzfunk-cocktail som känns riktigt genomtänkt, spännande och intressant att lyssna på. Fastän det är instrumentalt, lyckas de med konststycket att berätta med instrumenten!” – Anders Rosesund, Dalarnas Tidningar, SE “Supersväng. Det är disco, det är funk. Det är psykadelisk jazz. Till och med konvolutet doftar gamla tider. 70-tal närmare bestämt och gänget svänger grymt i samtliga genrehörn. Sextettens snygga sound är lika tajt som kittlande mjukt!” – Anna Wallentin, Folkbladet, SE “Här slår energi och kreativitet ut i blom!” – Göran Olson, Dig Jazz, SE “Det svänger så det bitvis svartnar!” – Peter Stolpestad, Tidningen Pingst, SE REVIEW IN JAPANESE INDIGO YOKOHAMA, JP THE PLUNGE (2010) (Do Music Records) “The group’s spontaneously combusting mix of jazz, vintage R&B, and disco is happening stuff!” – Leslie Connors, JazzTimes, US “This is a band to keep an eye on!” – Patrick Van De Wiele, Keys And Chords, NE “The band has just released their debut album, The Plunge, which crackles with real instrumentation, youthful spunk, and non-stop good times” – Robert Sutton, Jazz Corner, US “Beat Funktion is a fireball of pop smarts, a living, breathing groove machine that grinds together the sweat-drenched vintage R&B of James Brown with the sexy hooks of ’70s dance music and the soulful depth and instrumental complexities of jazz” – All About Jazz, US “Beat Funktion could possibly be one of the world’s most tirelessly energetic bands. That is no exaggeration. On their debut album, “The Plunge,” Beat Funktion pushes the pedal to the floor, all the way down, and unleashes disco fireballs that would set any club ablaze. Imagine a well-honed jazz act schooled by Parliament and James Brown. That, in essence, is Beat Funktion” – Robert Sutton, Top40-Charts, US “Who said it was cold in Sweden? In any case, not team Fonkadelica, especially after this hot discovery at the end of the year, with Beat Funktion, you can forget Abba forever!” – Wilfrid Masse, Fonkadelica, FR ”Den Uppsala/Stockholm-baserade gruppen lanserar en hårdpulserande, funkjuckande, Fender Rhodesmättad klubbjazz, där Karl Olandersson och tenorsaxofonisten Olle Thunström har mycket riffande att sköta!” – Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan, SE ”Jag imponeras av hur tajt bandet är och med vilken attityd de spelar. Hela produktionen håller hög klass och det ska bli intressant att följa bandet i framtiden!” – Stig L, Folkbladet, SE “Se här, en rejäl doft av 70-talet och gammal god discostämning. Det gungar och svänger så att man har svårt att sitta still. Och jag slås av hur välproducerad den här plattan är. Här finns allt med. Stråkarna, Fender Rhodes, den bubblande och mullrande elbasen och den luftiga kören ger allt den där sköna och rätta karaktären” – Bo Levander, Jönköpingsposten, SE ”Det puttrar och sjuder energiskt och konstant!” – Ulf Thelander, Orkesterjournalen, SE

THROWBACK! On June 4, 2008, Beat Funktion had their debut show in public at Bistro Hijazz in Uppsala, Sweden, and here is a pre-show shot of the band sorting out the music. Now, 8 years later, BF will do a final farewell concert at Bistro Hijazz on June 3 2016, since the venue, which has offered thousands of concerts over the last 15 years, regrettably will be gone by mid-June. Photo: Anders Rowa. #tbt #beatfunktion #hijazz #theplunge #mandyssecret #moontown #olympus #greenman ... See MoreSee Less

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Last weekend, all the live strings were recorded for the 'Green Man'-album by engineer Göran Stegborn. Pictured are string players Tomas Ebrelius, Lina Söderholtz, Åsa Harald and Emeli Jeremias with Beat Funktion producer/composer Daniel Lantz. #beatfunktion #greenman #strings ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Friday folks! Enjoy Beat Funktion's 2014 mystery video of 'Mandy's Secret', shot in central Uppsala, Sweden, with actors/actresses Biim Frischenfeldt, Jonathan Szeps and Ida Widberg. French narration by Lucie Gattepaille, with lyrics by Yasmine Einer Linn and Esther Bommier. Please share! #beatfunktion #mandyssecret #jazz #funk #soul

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"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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BEAT FUNKTION @ KATALIN, UPPSALA, SE APRIL 2016 (65 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

Beat Funktion in concert at Katalin And All That Jazz in Uppsala on April 30 2016. Photos: Palli Kristmundsson

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Beat Funktion in concert at Katalin And All That Jazz in Uppsala on April 30 2016. Photos: Palli Kristmundsson

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Beat Funktion in concert at Katalin And All That Jazz in Uppsala on April 30 2016. Photos: Palli Kristmundsson

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Beat Funktion in concert at Katalin And All That Jazz in Uppsala on April 30 2016. Photos: Palli Kristmundsson

All you lovers of funk, jazz, soul and disco in Uppsala should not miss this one-time meeting between Beat Funktion and amazing artists Claes Janson, Rebecca Laakso, Sani Gamedze, Adée and Deodato Siquir now on Saturday 30th of April at Katalin And All That Jazz, starting at 9 pm. The band will treat you to the very first taste of the music of the upcoming album 'Green Man'! Hurry and get your tickets! #beatfunktion #greenman #olympus #jazz #funk #soul #disco
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April 30, 2016, 9:00pm

Katalin And All That Jazz Östra Station

Beat Funktion Spelplats: Katalin Datum: 30 april 2016 Biljettpris: 175 inkl. service. Åldersgräns: 20 år Arrangör: Katalin and all that Jazz, Uppsala Jazzclub, Do Music Records Svenska Uppsala-baserade jazzfunk-sextetten Beat Funktion har i flera år röjt framgång utanför Sveriges gränser och bl a toppat radiolistorna i USA flera gånger med sin dansvänliga mix av jazz, funk, disco och soul. Denna lördagkväll gör de en unik konsert i hemstaden Uppsala och bjuder på bl a en tjuvtitt på musik från sjätte och kommande albumet "Green Man". Till sin hjälp har de denna kväll gästartisterna: Claes Janson, Adée, Deodato Siquir, Sani Gamedze och Rebecca Laakso. Bandet: Karl Olandersson, trumpet Olle Thunström, tenorsax Johan Öijen, elgitarr Daniel Lantz, keyboards Pal Johnson, elbas Jon Eriksson, trummor Ola Bothzén, percussion Beat Funktion Official Website: www.beatfunktion.com/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Beat-Funktion/110757424307 CD Baby: www.cdbaby.com/Artist/BeatFunktion iTunes: itunes.apple.com/se/artist/beat-funktion/id409542479 Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/2zKeZvfAOo1RvcT4mmSfdW ReverbNation: www.reverbnation.com/beatfunktion SoundCloud: www.soundcloud.com/beatfunktion Instagram: instagram.com/beatfunktion/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBqVVdWv0uQ www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxmBQivIOxA www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMdh2wBxNs0 www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho_vzzooEag www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8hx4yeJdmc www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUk38eIfyPE --------------------------- RECENSIONER & MERITER: OLYMPUS (2015) (Do Music Records) 12th Most Played Album 2015 On The CMJ Jazz Charts Nominated For Best Album, Best Band, Best Newcomer And Best Producer In 2015 By Scandinavian Soul Music Awards Modern Jazz Channel Lists ‘Olympus’ At #7 among 2015’s Top 25 Jazz Albums 16 Consecutive Weeks On American Jazz Charts Peaking at #1 On Canadian Earshot Charts Peaking at #2 On US CMJ Radio Charts Peaking at #41 On JazzWeek Mainstream Charts “I wish you could have heard the collective sound of delight that rang out across the KMHD studios after opening the latest release from Beat Funktion. These Swedish Jazz-Funk pioneers have now released four VITAL albums in the US, but their newest might just be their best to date. This music is athletic, head-bobbing, visceral – but most of all FUN! It’s one of the few new releases we get requests for from our audience, and that makes me very happy!” – Matt Fleeger, KMHD Jazz Radio Oregon, US “This album sounds fresh even though it builds upon a particular sound from the past. While it gives a strong representation of the 70s fusion sound, it certainly does not sound dated. Great compositions, solid playing and slick production make this a fantastic album. While the presence of slick production sometimes has the potential to ruin a band’s sound, that is not the case here. The production is such that the group is shown to be the incredibly tight ensemble that they are, while adding interest and concept to the overall sound!” – Geannine Reid, All About Jazz, US “Beat Funktion is interesting because they do it all, like a Swiss army knife, an invigorating group of post-funk and jazz sculpted for the 21st century; the musical multi-tool is the pure sound revelation of the seventies, combined with modern jazz. They are all virtuoso, all vibrant soloists and impeccable team players. In the tradition of all noteworthy artistic creators, every last individual shines throughout on Olympus!” – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes, US “The music is exotic, moving and deep. And it is much more rooted in contemporary jazz than Mandy was. The funk base still reigns, of course; Beat Funktion has not abandoned their sound but they have deepened, twisted and grown it. This album drives like a supercharged chariot!” – Michael Scott Cain, Rambles, US “The crossover ability of the six musicians is remarkable! They meet and conquer the challenge of adapting to such varied styles, often within the space of a single track!” – Travis Rogers Jr, Music Life and Times, US “Another thoroughly satisfying release from a band that delivers the groove, every time!” – Chris Cooke, KIOS 91.5 FM, Omaha, US “Beat Funktion’s brand of fusion can rightly claim old-school funk among its lines of lineage. The unflinching rhythmic repetition found in abundance on the Swedish sextet’s current set bears a kinship with that which was a staple of James Brown’s fare!” – Duane Verh, Jazz & Blues Magazine, US “Surely their most accomplished album so far!” – Wilfrid Maas, Fonkadelica, FR “Those funky Swedes, Beat Funktion, are back at it with new concept album ‘Olympus’, perhaps their best compositions yet!” – Bradley Stone, The Creative Source, Soul And Jazz, US “I found this album to be aesthetically pleasing not just because I’m interested in the subject matter, but because the music has a certain je ne sais quoi that fuels the imagination. Plus, you can boogie with the funk, as the kids probably today say. 10/10 Stars!” – Melanie Zelikovksy, Kamp Radio Tuscon, Arizona, US “Totally infectious! Impossible to sit still!” – Thord Ehnberg, DIG Jazz, SE “When this outstanding six-piece-band, with guests, get all groovy, that is when they impress big time. Just follow Ralph Erle’s request: “Now, put on your groovy shoes, turn up the volume and let us begin the game of the Gods!” – Nils Ågren, Tidningen 7, SE “Rich funk-jazz! Beat Funktion mixes funky jazz with rap and vocals and the result is brilliant!” – Mats Åkterström, Norran, SE “Danceable, funk-marinated soul jazz of top quality!” – Ulf Thelander, Orkesterjournalen, SE “From beginning to end, the funk sextet sounds particularly inspired, and the album has variation as well as coherence. You need a powerful groove to bring on the funk and the band sure is delivering in that respect!” – Andreas Lagercrantz, Lira Musikmagasin, SE “With American star producer Damon Elliott involved, Norberg-born Daniel Lantz and his Beat Funktion are now releasing a new album. ‘Olympus’, the name of the fifth and latest installment in Beat Funktion’s career, is something out of the ordinary!” – Emeli Lillbacka, Fagersta-Posten, SE “The groove is just as good and cool as on previous albums! An exciting album that I love listening to!” – Lennart Götesson, Dala-Demokraten, SE “Fun stuff that finds them taking on some new moves and delivering the kind of heat to thaw out frozen climes!” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US MANDY’S SECRET (2014) (Do Music Records) 20 Consecutive Weeks On American Jazz Charts Peaking at #1 On Canadian Earshot Charts Peaking at #3 On US CMJ Radio Charts Peaking at #4 On International Roots Music Report Charts Peaking #34 On JazzWeek Mainstream Charts “Beat Funktion’s latest endeavor is the next contribution to a growing discography that I feel one day will be added to the reference point of great funk/jazz bands, certainly ones to watch. Highly Recommended!” – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes, US “The band Beat Funktion has a great sound that joins funk, jazz, rock and soul in a very fresh way to create a sound that is incredibly modern and enjoyable.” – The Jazz Page, US “Overall, this band brings to the table a breath of fresh, albeit nostalgic, air. They demonstrate just how much fun can be had in fusing the various elements of jazz with groove and funk!” – Johnny McFarland, KJHK 90.7 FM, US “I can here reliably report that the groovin-n-then-some Beat Funktion is back stronger than ever, more so even than their last outing, Voodooland, which aced its own 2013 killer, Moon Town …and, thank you God!, that means, in 2014, we got two BF releases, the very definition of ‘bonanza’ and ‘providence’. – Mark S. Tucker, FAME Review, US “Instantly enticing RnB electrified funk with the unrestrictive improv spirit of jazz that’s garnered Beat Funktion a lot of airplay on jazz stations in the USA as well as extended residencies at the high end of jazz charts there and abroad.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else, US “Beat Funktion tap into a vibe of fun and festivity of Jazz-Funk!” – Crates of JR, US “More than proving they have the right stuff and are here to stay, this funk express train is hurtling mightily through the night with it’s load on board and intact. Killer stuff that gets and keeps the party going.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US “Det här är jazz funk av bästa märke!” – Anders Lagercrantz, LIRA Musikmagazin, SE VOODOOLAND (2013-2014) (Do Music Records/P-Vine Records) 16 Consecutive Weeks On US Charts Peaking at #1 On US Radio Charts For 3 Consecutive Weeks 8 Weeks Among Top 10 On Canadian Charts Exclusive Japan-only limited edition available “A funky retro sound that cooks in 2014!” – D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine, US “A very enjoyable ‘desert island’ release that is sure to please!” – Paul Wilson, Audiophile Magazine, US “When you’re done with the disc, track down the mind-blowing Montreux All-Stars 22-minute version of ‘Pick Up The Pieces’ cause it’s going to be hard to find beats to take up the slack once ‘Voodooland’ has its way with you!” – Mark S. Tucker, FAME Review “Jazz-funk supreme from Sweden that will cast it’s spell on you and your hips in the immediate!” – Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation, US “No matter what genre of music you may listen to, Voodooland is worth a listen and I will gamble it will become your go-to album in years to come. Old school rules. Highly Recommended!” – Douglas Reid, The Examiner, US “The music remains the coolest, hippest jazz/funk/reggae/hip-hop groove mix in Scandinavia and beyond!” – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here, UK “The six guys in Sweden’s Beat Funktion play funk music… and the good news is that they’re damn good at it!” – D. Seven, LMNOP Magazine, US “First white boys take over the blues, now Swedish white boys claim the funk. It’s a world gone mad alright, but it at least it has first class funk in it. Hot stuff throughout!” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US “Voodooland” offers jazz-funk mastered to perfection!” – Wilfrid Masse, French Fonkadelica, FR “I’ve said it before and I say it again – bring Beat Funktion to Ö-vik! – This swings like f**k!” – Nils Ågren, Tidningen 7, SE “Here is everything that makes this style of music what it is, a hot stew of rhythms and tones. … This is jazz-funk of the highest order!” – Lennart Götesson, Dala-Demokraten, SE REVIEW IN EARPHONE SPIRAL, JAPAN MOON TOWN (2013) (Do Music Records) 15 Consecutive Weeks On US Radio Charts Peaking at #4 On CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts Top 5 Canadian Charts “First rate music played by a first rate band!” – John Book, This Is Book’s Music, US “This crew excels at 70s flavored funk!” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US “Raw, funky grooves and danceable rhythms which will appeal to all generations who enjoy the gritty grooves of funk and the complexities of jazz melodies. Take a trip through Moon Town, and catch the vibe!” – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes, US “In the hands of lesser musicians, this music would be dicey. But Beat Funktion is a crack ensemble with a James Brown-attention to the almighty beat that makes these grooves what they are!” – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz, US “The title combined with the cover art alone was reason enough to give Beat Funktion a spin… I was not disappointed!” – Brent Black, Critical Jazz, US “Hailing from Sweden, the home of ’70s pop icon Abba, Beat Funktion creates a mixture of American funk and Euro pop that is as contagious as it was over forty years ago attracting a new generation of fans to the entertainment facet of funk-based tracks!” – Susan Frances, Yahoo News, US “‘Moon Town’ sits firmly in the ‘way cool’ category!” – Mark S Tucker, FAME Review, US “By far one of the most intellectually interesting, excitingly dynamic, and groundbreaking spins to cross my desk in many years!” – Karl Stober, EJazzNews, US “We found ourselves listening to this one over and again, a sure sign of hooks that sink in!”- D. Oscar Groomes, O’s Place Jazz Magazine, US “An album I intended to dismiss in a couple of paragraphs but became more and more hooked!” – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here, UK “Spend some time here, discover a group truly innovative on many levels. BEAT FUNKTION is wholly addictive – and over the top entertaining! 5 stars out of 5!” – Grady Harp, Amazon, US “De spelar också med genuin känsla för stilen. Vi talar synkoperade grooves, gurglande elpiano och blåtonat blås minnande om 70-talets deckarvinjetter och en Herbie Hancock iförd märklig tribalmask!” – Johannes Cornell, Dagens Nyheter, SE “Dansant jazzfunk-cocktail som känns riktigt genomtänkt, spännande och intressant att lyssna på. Fastän det är instrumentalt, lyckas de med konststycket att berätta med instrumenten!” – Anders Rosesund, Dalarnas Tidningar, SE “Supersväng. Det är disco, det är funk. Det är psykadelisk jazz. Till och med konvolutet doftar gamla tider. 70-tal närmare bestämt och gänget svänger grymt i samtliga genrehörn. Sextettens snygga sound är lika tajt som kittlande mjukt!” – Anna Wallentin, Folkbladet, SE “Här slår energi och kreativitet ut i blom!” – Göran Olson, Dig Jazz, SE “Det svänger så det bitvis svartnar!” – Peter Stolpestad, Tidningen Pingst, SE REVIEW IN JAPANESE INDIGO YOKOHAMA, JP THE PLUNGE (2010) (Do Music Records) “The group’s spontaneously combusting mix of jazz, vintage R&B, and disco is happening stuff!” – Leslie Connors, JazzTimes, US “This is a band to keep an eye on!” – Patrick Van De Wiele, Keys And Chords, NE “The band has just released their debut album, The Plunge, which crackles with real instrumentation, youthful spunk, and non-stop good times” – Robert Sutton, Jazz Corner, US “Beat Funktion is a fireball of pop smarts, a living, breathing groove machine that grinds together the sweat-drenched vintage R&B of James Brown with the sexy hooks of ’70s dance music and the soulful depth and instrumental complexities of jazz” – All About Jazz, US “Beat Funktion could possibly be one of the world’s most tirelessly energetic bands. That is no exaggeration. On their debut album, “The Plunge,” Beat Funktion pushes the pedal to the floor, all the way down, and unleashes disco fireballs that would set any club ablaze. Imagine a well-honed jazz act schooled by Parliament and James Brown. That, in essence, is Beat Funktion” – Robert Sutton, Top40-Charts, US “Who said it was cold in Sweden? In any case, not team Fonkadelica, especially after this hot discovery at the end of the year, with Beat Funktion, you can forget Abba forever!” – Wilfrid Masse, Fonkadelica, FR ”Den Uppsala/Stockholm-baserade gruppen lanserar en hårdpulserande, funkjuckande, Fender Rhodesmättad klubbjazz, där Karl Olandersson och tenorsaxofonisten Olle Thunström har mycket riffande att sköta!” – Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan, SE ”Jag imponeras av hur tajt bandet är och med vilken attityd de spelar. Hela produktionen håller hög klass och det ska bli intressant att följa bandet i framtiden!” – Stig L, Folkbladet, SE “Se här, en rejäl doft av 70-talet och gammal god discostämning. Det gungar och svänger så att man har svårt att sitta still. Och jag slås av hur välproducerad den här plattan är. Här finns allt med. Stråkarna, Fender Rhodes, den bubblande och mullrande elbasen och den luftiga kören ger allt den där sköna och rätta karaktären” – Bo Levander, Jönköpingsposten, SE ”Det puttrar och sjuder energiskt och konstant!” – Ulf Thelander, Orkesterjournalen, SE

Do you know Mandy's Secret?

Beat Funktion's fourth full-length album 'Mandy's Secret' was the first production to include Mats Björke from rock group Mando Diao as co-producer, going for more of a psychedelic, jazz-rock oriented attitude. Released in September 2014, it timed perfectly with BF's first US tour, peaked at #1 on the Canadian charts, at #2 on the US charts and received 21 weeks of US airplay! What critics say:

“Beat Funktion’s latest endeavor is the next contribution to a growing discography that I feel one day will be added to the reference point of great funk/jazz bands, certainly ones to watch. Highly Recommended!” – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes, US

“I can here reliably report that the groovin-n-then-some Beat Funktion is back stronger than ever, more so even than their last outing, Voodooland, which aced its own 2013 killer, Moon Town …and, thank you God!, that means, in 2014, we got two BF releases, the very definition of ‘bonanza’ and ‘providence’. – Mark S. Tucker, FAME Review, US

“Instantly enticing RnB electrified funk with the unrestrictive improv spirit of jazz that’s garnered Beat Funktion a lot of airplay on jazz stations in the USA as well as extended residencies at the high end of jazz charts there and abroad.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else, US

“This is jazz funk of the best brand” – Anders Lagercrantz, LIRA Musikmagazin, SE

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Bradley M. StoneMy favorite!1 month ago   ·  1
Łukasz BajaMine too. Especially the live version that's on YouTube at a Swedish club,1 month ago   ·  1
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'Voodooland', Sweden meets Africa, now on Spotify!

In 2013, 'Voodooland' was first commissioned by Japanese funk label P-Vine as a Japan-exclusive special release, but as it hit the US and Canada in 2014, not only did it stay on the jazz radio charts for 4 months, it also peaked at #1 for 3 consecutive weeks, above established American labels and legendary artists, becoming a historic first for an indie Swedish jazz band in the US. 'Voodooland' became the 9th most played jazz album in American colleges in 2014!

What critics say:

“No matter what genre of music you may listen to, Voodooland is worth a listen and I will gamble it will become your go-to album in years to come. Old school rules. Highly Recommended!” – Douglas Reid, The Examiner, US

“First white boys take over the blues, now Swedish white boys claim the funk. It’s a world gone mad alright, but it at least it has first class funk in it. Hot stuff throughout!” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record, US

“Voodooland” offers jazz-funk mastered to perfection!” – Wilfrid Masse, French Fonkadelica, FR

“Here is everything that makes this style of music what it is, a hot stew of rhythms and tones. … This is jazz-funk of the highest order!” – Lennart Götesson, Dala-Demokraten, SE

#beatfunktion #voodooland

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NEWS! Today we got a late review of 'Olympus' by Dick Metcalf at Improvijazzation Nation, US:

"Beat Funktion – OLYMPUS: If “story jazz” is something you enjoy, you’ll find this June 2015 release from one of our favorite bands very entertaining. I most recently reviewed them in issue # 149, where they came out near the top of my “EQ” (energy quotient) rating scale. The peppy “Game of the Gods” will sate the jazz thirst of even the most jaded listeners. The guitar lead/intro on the 4:51 “Viper Lady” leads right into some surging horn work and downright celebration. The clear funkiness on “The Hydra” will make it spin over & over (& over again) on any dedicated jazz fans player. In the end-run, though, it was the laid-back electric keyboard work on “Chimera” that made my mind pick it as favorite of the fifteen superb jazz tracks offered up for your aural pleasure…. a true and authentic monster of a tune! I give B.F. another MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ’ (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fine album. Get more information about this solid Swedish jazz band at the Beat Funktion website. (www.beatfunktion.com)"

- Dick Metcalf

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Ylva Andell Eliasyay!!! awsome!1 month ago   ·  1

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Did you miss 'Moon Town'?

The second full-length album from 2012/2013 by Beat Funktion is available on Spotify! A sumptuous concept album, featuring gritty sci-fi grooves with orchestral string arrangements. It launched Beat Funktion in the US and peaked at #4 on the jazz radio charts where it stayed on for 15 weeks! A few reviews:

“In the hands of lesser musicians, this music would be dicey. But Beat Funktion is a crack ensemble with a James Brown-attention to the almighty beat that makes these grooves what they are!” – C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz, US

“By far one of the most intellectually interesting, excitingly dynamic, and groundbreaking spins to cross my desk in many years!” – Karl Stober, EJazzNews, US

“De spelar med genuin känsla för stilen. Vi talar synkoperade grooves, gurglande elpiano och blåtonat blås minnande om 70-talets deckarvinjetter och en Herbie Hancock iförd märklig tribalmask!” – Johannes Cornell, Dagens Nyheter, SE

#beatfunktion #moontown #jazz #funk #soul

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Bradley M. StoneI've been searching for my copy, can't find it! :-(2 months ago   ·  1

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Swedish fans in the Seffle or West Coast (Gothenburg) area are welcome to this show in Seffle on Thursday April 21st 7 pm at Medborgarhuset, hosted by Seffle Jazz Club! Guest artist Sani Gamedze from 'Olympus' will perform! #beatfunktion #olympus

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April 21, 2016, 7:00pm

Medborgarhuset i Säffle

Läs mer på vår hemsida www.sefflejazzclub.se VÄLKOMNA! Sprid gärna!