Basque DJ, Producer & Musician, Makala is back! After two years of "Unexpected Tapas" (Lovemonk © 2011), nominated to best world music album of Spanish Independent Music Awards 2012, Makala strikes again with a new project called MJFB and a new label called Orrua Diskak. This time, Mikel "Makala" Unzurrunzaga Schmitz (Bass) has formed an organic group called Makala Jazz Funk Band, with some local brilliant musicians like Antxon Sarasua (Keyboards), Ander Ederra (Guitar) & Juan Otegi (Drums). The repertory goes from styles of Jazz & Rhythm'n'Blues of 50's & 60's to styles of Groove Jazz Funk & Disco Afro Soul of 70's. This Spring, they've recorded an EP called "Orrua", containing four explosive organic songs plus one bonus track. This EP Single of MJFB starts with an instrumental cover of "Wack Wack", classic original tune of Young-Holt Unlimited, American Soul and Jazz instrumental musical ensemble from Chicago, Illinois. The second track called "Orrua" is a kind of Jazz, Rhythm'n'Blues, Ye-Ye & Surf instrumental song. Is the one and only original tune of MJFB on their first release. Also it is included on this EP another bonus track of this song called "Orrua (Alternate Take Surf Mix)". The third cut, "Live It Up" is a Jazz Funk revision tune of James K-Nine, originally recorded on 1973. It seems that the great Eddie Bo was behind this original song. On the fourth track, we have a 70's Disco Afro Soul style instrumental cover of "Heavy Heavy Heavy" song, originally composed & recorded by the great Geraldo Pino, Sierra Leone's famous Funk artist. All tracks has been recorded at Antoine Renault Studio (Zarautz, Basque Country), Mixed at Euridia Studios (Bilbao, Basque Country) and Mastered at Studio Schoenrock (Stuttgart, Germany). Graphic design and illustrations are made by Txarly Brown from Barcelona.
released December 2, 2013
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