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2008 starts with 'Don't Go Away', the exciting debut of Lucky Brown & The Funk Revolution, a brand-new unit formed by producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, Joel Ricci. Ricci and his far-reaching collective have been hard at work rocking shows and developing their signature 'west-sound' style for over seven years. Ricci hand-picked the cream of the players, bankrolled a wild, week-long road trip, then crammed the seven piece Funk Revolution into his tiny cabin in Northwest Washington, affectionately dubbed 'Chez Jojo.' The rhythm section in the living room, horn section in the kitchen, and Ricci in the middle doing his best to capture all the drippings of natural energy and soul on an old tape machine situated on a clean spot on the kitchen counter.
'Don't Go Away' features Ricci on lead vocals and the horn section as background singers. This cut has all you need: powerful vocals, a monstrous horn line reminiscent of the JB's 'The Grunt', and two fly flute/drum breaks for the beatdiggers.
'The Fresh One' is an instrumental track with a rude sound to it, The Funk Revolution lay down a killer groove and after Tommy D has his way with his spooky saxophone, Lucky manhandles the flute once again, then makes way for drummer Olli Klomp to take it on home. 'The Fresh One' is simply a monster b-side, 2 and a half minutes of wild and rough deep funk madness.
Although the number of bands that are playing so-called deep-funk steadily increases, few can match the chemistry, urgency and true funk grit as these brethren. Lucky Brown & The Funk Revolution get the job done by simply doing what they do, hungry to present themselves and their thing to the world. The pan-Atlantic partnership and friendship forged between Joel Ricci and Tobias Kirmayer has given birth to this incredible double-sider. A fitting debut for a real funk revolution and sure to be a sought after collector's item, the first in a parade of dance floor power singles.