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1 week ago

Beat Funktion

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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Häftigt häftigt! Medan vi väntar på våren! Hopp hopp hopp på våren! Snart den är här här här! Våren våren vååååren!

2 weeks ago

Beat Funktion

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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3 weeks 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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Några låtar Spelas idag på Östersjöblues Radio ..

Stort tack för all support, Stefan!

3 weeks ago

Beat Funktion

*** DIGITAL RELEASE ***
"HAYWEATHER"
single

NOW AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON
iTunes: itun.es/i67t77s
Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/7H2nXkvwUhwaMl1IiN25Z2
Amazon: a.co/20lQxpR
#beatfunktion #hayweather
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*** DIGITAL RELEASE ***
HAYWEATHER 
single

NOW AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON
iTunes: https://itun.es/i67t77s
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7H2nXkvwUhwaMl1IiN25Z2
Amazon: http://a.co/20lQxpR
#beatfunktion #hayweather

1 month ago

Beat Funktion

NEW VIDEO! Get down and get funky as African singer Deodato Siquir goes all in on the groove-laden crowd-pleaser known as 'Green Man', all live at the Hijazz Music Festival in September 2016! Even more heat and sweat are delivered through the soul-drenched solo efforts of Olle Thunstrom and Johan Oijen! Turn up that volume knob all the way, enjoy your weekend and share this greasy funk to your music-loving friends!

#beatfunktion #deodatosiquir #greenman #hijazz

youtu.be/tjKnCAH6Pv8Deodato Siquir performs "Green Man" with Beat Funktion live at the Hijazz Music Festival, Reginateatern, Uppsala, Sweden on September 3 2016. "GREEN MAN" (ft...
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1 month ago

Beat Funktion

NEW VIDEO! South African singer Sani Gamedze, known from previous album 'Olympus', fires off a cooking 'In Love In Vain' at the Hijazz Music Festival in September 2016! Soloists Olle Thunstrom and Marcus Alm get the people up on the dance floor! Play it loud, ladies and gentlemen, share to your friends and have a nice weekend!

#beatfunktion #inloveinvain #sanigamedze #olympus #greenman #hijazz

youtu.be/h3FtJ7PEkec"IN LOVE IN VAIN" (ft. Sani Gamedze) : Live At Hijazz Music Festival 2016 Recorded live at Hijazz Music Festival, Reginateatern, Uppsala, Sweden, on Septembe...
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Så skönt beat!!

1 month ago

Beat Funktion

NEW VIDEO! In this second live video from Hijazz Music Festival on September 3 2016, we have singer Matilda Gratte unleashing her psychedelic dance-funk feature 'We Are Young' from 'Green Man'! Daniel Lantz and Johan Öijen deliver some fine fusion solos! Turn this up loud, folks, and please share and have a great weekend!

#beatfunktion #weareyoung #matildagratte #weareyoung #hijazz

youtu.be/Ori67TyQwMM"WE ARE YOUNG" (ft. Matilda Gratte) : Live At Hijazz Music Festival 2016 Recorded live at Hijazz Music Festival, Reginateatern, Uppsala, Sweden, on September...
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GREAT !!! Thank you for your cool post !!!!! --(301)523-0359 -- johnnylong.com

2 months ago

Beat Funktion

NEW VIDEO! Get down to the boogie with this steaming hot take of 'Steampunch' live at the Hijazz Music Festival back in September of 2016! Soloists Marcus Alm and Olle Thunström deliver some additional heat to the greasy funk! As always, turn this up loud! Please share to your friends and enjoy your week! Remember you can always subscribe to Beat Funktion's YouTube and never miss a video!

youtu.be/E8u_af8FMiQ"STEAMPUNCH" : Live At Hijazz Music Festival 2016 Recorded live at Hijazz Music Festival, Reginateatern, Uppsala, Sweden, on September 3 2016. Video and Edit...
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2 months ago

Beat Funktion

*** DIGITAL RELEASE ***
"MAJA"
single

NOW AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON
iTunes: itun.es/gb/YjDUhb
Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/1ylMs9GXkRWxZ66uZAzA8C
Amazon: a.co/gNvhyI9

#beatfunktion #maja
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*** DIGITAL RELEASE ***
MAJA 
single

NOW AVAILABLE GLOBALLY ON
iTunes: https://itun.es/gb/YjDUhb
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1ylMs9GXkRWxZ66uZAzA8C
Amazon: http://a.co/gNvhyI9

#beatfunktion #maja

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Maja Larsson, is that YOU??

2 months ago

Beat Funktion

NEW REVIEW! Swedish newspaper Jönköpingsposten delivers a late but enthusiastic review of 'Green Man'! 4 out of 5! Bo Levander writes:

"(ENG)
This is a proper throwback in time to the groovy 70s. Beat Funktion, under the leadership of keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer Daniel Lantz, take us to Upper Harlem and its clubs filled with funk and soul. Several guest soloists join in. Viktoria Tolstoy sounds really great when she sings away in Daniel's 'Tomorrow', actually sometimes a bit like Aretha Franklin. Claes Janson does a cool and laid-back ballad, 'Rewind', and lets his veiled voice be supported by horns and beautiful strings. This album has an attitude and looks back at an era whose music has so much to offer. Even for young people of today.

(SE)
Det här är en riktig nostalgitrip tillbaka till det svängande 70-talet. Beat Funktion, under ledning av keyboardisten, kompositören, arrangören och producenten Daniel Lantz, tar oss till Upper Harlem och dess klubbar med funk och soul. Flera gästsolister är med. Viktoria Tolstoy låter riktigt bra när hon sjunger ut i Daniels ”Tomorrow”, faktiskt bitvis lite som Aretha Franklin. Claes Janson gör en cool och tillbakalutad ballad, ”Rewind”, och låter sin beslöjade röst bäras fram av blås och sköna stråkar. Den här plattan har attityd och blinkar till en epok vars musik har så mycket att erbjuda. Även för dagens unga."

- Bo Levander, Jönköpingsposten, SE
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NEW REVIEW! Swedish newspaper Jönköpingsposten delivers a late but enthusiastic review of Green Man! 4 out of 5! Bo Levander writes: 

(ENG)
This is a proper throwback in time to the groovy 70s. Beat Funktion, under the leadership of keyboardist, composer, arranger and producer Daniel Lantz, take us to Upper Harlem and its clubs filled with funk and soul. Several guest soloists join in. Viktoria Tolstoy sounds really great when she sings away in Daniels Tomorrow, actually sometimes a bit like Aretha Franklin. Claes Janson does a cool and laid-back ballad, Rewind, and lets his veiled voice be supported by horns and beautiful strings. This album has an attitude and looks back at an era whose music has so much to offer. Even for young people of today.

(SE)
Det här är en riktig nostalgitrip tillbaka till det svängande 70-talet. Beat Funktion, under ledning av keyboardisten, kompositören, arrangören och producenten Daniel Lantz, tar oss till Upper Harlem och dess klubbar med funk och soul. Flera gästsolister är med. Viktoria Tolstoy låter riktigt bra när hon sjunger ut i Daniels ”Tomorrow”, faktiskt bitvis lite som Aretha Franklin. Claes Janson gör en cool och tillbakalutad ballad, ”Rewind”, och låter sin beslöjade röst bäras fram av blås och sköna stråkar. Den här plattan har attityd och blinkar till en epok vars musik har så mycket att erbjuda. Även för dagens unga.

- Bo Levander, Jönköpingsposten, SE

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Very nice !!! Great Music, Great Musicians !!-- (301)523-0359 -- johnnylong.com

2 months ago

Beat Funktion

NEW VIDEO! In this very last clip from the Fasching release of 'Green Man', we tone down the groove as blues singer Claes Janson delivers some exquisite balladry on 'Rewind', taking us down memory lane to revisit old regrets and loves lost! Karl Olandersson's funky trumpet gets the place cooking! Please turn up the volume, share to your friends, and subscribe to Beat Funktion's YouTube channel! Have a great weekend!

#claesjanson #greenman #rewind #fasching #beatfunktion

youtu.be/PlfS8ThjA_k"REWIND" (ft. Claes Janson) : Live At Fasching 2016 Recorded live at Jazzclub Fasching, Stockholm, Sweden, on September 1 2016. Video and Editing : ERIK LIND...
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love it!

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Jag blir så trööööötttttt! Varje gång jag försöker lyssna så bara buzzrar det!!! Trist!!!