ANNOUNCEMENT! Because of a production error the release date of live concert DVD "BEAT FUNKTION - Live At Fasching" has been changed to December 1! We apologize for the inconvenience. In the meantime, excerpts can be found on our YouTube channel! We assure you that it will be worth the wait and be the funkiest Christmas gift of 2014! Stay tuned!
Beat FunktionTo clarify: the DVD was accidentally region coded to 1, meaning it would not be playable in any of the European countries. We are now re-scheduling for a region free edition, that can play worldwide. We are also considering a region free blu-ray edition which preserves the HD format. Stay tuned for developments.4 days ago · 1
Daniel LantzMindy, the DVD we want to make should be playable all over the world. The masterer happened to code it for region 1 only, meaning it can be played only in the United States right now, so we must change it. Just talked to the masterer and we may end up producing a region free bluray instead, which means it will have the same specifications / quality all over the world. All you need is a bluray player or PlayStation. The show was filmed in High Definition so bluray is actually the best format for the material.4 days ago · 2
Daniel LantzThanks Mindy! It makes me very happy to hear that! Hope to play for you live in the US soon!3 days ago · 1
Daniel LantzFredrik, Dvd:n kodades för region 1 (USA) av misstag, vilket är lite trassligt. Den ska vara regionsfri, så nu gör man om det, dock tar det lite tid för presseriet att göra om.5 days ago · 1
NEWS! 'Mandy's Secret' overwhelms Mark S. Tucker at FAME REVIEWS:
"Bliss, I think, oft comes in the form of a funky funky wah'ed-out guitar, and so 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 (here), which aced its own 2013 killer, Moon Town (here)…and, thank you God!, that means, in 2014, we got two BF releases, the very definition of 'bonanza' and 'providence'. Guitarist Johan Oijen just can't help himself, he's GOT to wield that axe like it's 1972, the world his disco-uptown oyster. And keyboardist Daniel Lantz, the writer, main recordist, and center pole for the ensemble, is more than happy to let him do so 'cause he follows behind in Joe Zawinul fashion, be-boppin' and happy dancin'.
That may be the real pull in this band's work, that Weather Report sophistication blended with Passport, Average White Band, Atlantis, Randy Pie, Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, and other earlier day giants and not-so-giants (I mean, f'gawdsakes, who remembers Randy Pie other than me?). Catch the jammin'groove in Snap to It and then try tell me it doesn't get under your skin but also creep into the frontal lobes and very quickly promote, at the very least, seat dancing. Ya can't, it's infectious as hell on several levels, with the horn section pristine, jumpin' with plenty of class and polished-up chart savvy. Then Oijen's wah-tar comes sailing back in on Are We Done?, and it's back to Curtis Mayfield/Shaft/Trouble-Man/Shuggie Otis land once more.
Reception of the group's past efforts has been so positive that the band will be coming to America in late September/early October for the first time. Devotees of the aforementioned Average White Band, EWF (Earth, Wind and Fire), Level 42, Shakatak, and others—even the Crusaders!—should be rejoicing at the news, as it's damnably difficult to catch this vibe outside Europe now, save through the graces of one's own LP collection. Voodooland made a big splash here, knocking all comers out of the pool, remaining on the charts for a rare 16 weeks, and Japan is into the combo big time, their work hoarded and treasured by DJs and collectors, so it's high time we got on the stick as well, full throttle. In fact, reception has been so overwhelming that the gentz are already working on their next CD, the 5th (working title: Olympus), which means 2015 will present a few more festivities than expected. Make your New Year's resolutions accordingly. Life can be sweet sometimes."
Bliss, I think, oft comes in the form of a funky funky wah'ed-out guitar, and so I can here reliably report that the groovin-n-then-some Beat Funktion is back stronger than ever, more so even than the...
NEWS! Swedish paper Dala-Demokraten gives lots of love to 'Mandy's Secret':
"Jazz-funk that pulsates and vibrates without being burdened by beats. Swedish Beat Funktion's fourth album demonstrates anew that they know their funk-jazz. Hedemora-born Karl Olandersson, trumpet, Olle Thunström, tenor sax, Johan Öijen, electric guitar, Daniel Lantz, keyboards, Pal Johnson, electric bass and Jon Eriksson, drums, can look forward to another success with Mandy's Secret. Dance-floor-funk is a label that can be put on the music written and arranged by Daniel Lantz and who can sit still once Beat Funktion get started. The groove is hard, but melodic. The music is dense, but not indistinct. The various instruments can be discerned clearly and clean. Each player has their space and gets to come forward when called for. They are six skilled musicians who know their funk. Karl Olandersson's trumpet is as hot as always, burning hot. I also hear Johan Öijen's guitar and Jon Eriksson's drums. Pal Johnson's bass is distinct and deep and Olle Thunström's tenor sax is just the way it should be. Daniel Lantz keeps things together with his keyboards. Mandy's Secret is funk on a top level, but is unusually calm for being funk. Anyway, it feels just right and has that which makes funk into funk."
NEWS! 'Mandy's Secret' gets a glowing review by a Swedish newspaper Tidnigen7. 4 out of 5! Translated into English:
"Fourth album from one of Sweden's hardest swinging bands. Their previous album 'Voodooland' topped the American CMJ Jazz Chart for three weeks and not much speaks against the possibility that even their new release will be a success. As usual, keyboardist Daniel Lantz is delivering all the songs and on 'Port Arthur' he sounds like legend George Duke or like Jan Hammer in the 70s. There's also plenty of 70s about the album, with funk and big city grooves, music that could have been taken from some old blaxploitation flick. All six musicians are of the highest caliber and most of the solos are given to horns Karl Olandersson, trumpet, and Olle Thunström, saxophone, but also to Johan Öijen who is not afraid of using wha-wha pedal and even talkbox on the opener 'I am the summer'. Pal Johnson's hypnotic bass line in 'Snap To It' is fantastic and the immensely groovy 'Kandahari Airport' is where Olle Thunström goes all in."
NEWS! 'Mandy's Secret' gets a warm welcome by the people at The Jazz Page, US:
"THE JAZZ PAGE Beat Funktion - Mandy’s Secret October 3, 2014 (DO Music Records)
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. Their latest endeavor, Mandy’s Secret, is a groove-laden blend of wah-wah pedal, scratching guitars, thumping bass and powerful brass work. It’s fusion-like, but very much its own brand. Keyboardist and lead composer Daniel Lantz creates tunes that join melody and rhythm in a thoroughly enjoyable way. Lantz’s band mates are Johan Öijen on electric guitar, Jon Erikson on drums, Pal Johnson on bass, Olle Thundstrom on saxophone and Karl Olandersson of trumpet. The unit has an sound that has one foot inside and one foot outside bounds of jazz as we know it."
Jason Jackson – InspirationSeptember 23, 2014 (Jack & Hill Music) Inspiration from trombonist/composer Jason Jackson is as inspired as the title implies. Releasing on October 14th, this endeavor com...
NEW VIDEO! Turn up the volume and get down to this 16-minute groove inferno featuring solos by all the funky Swedes, a fresh live take on "The Plunge" which is the title track of their debut-album from 2010! To be released on their upcoming concert DVD!