My favorite rap album of all time…and probably the only time I’ll create a post entirely about another artist’s album. Tim Dog R.I.P.
With a budget of $0.00 and an album that doesn’t neatly fit into one genre, The Du-Rites didn’t expect a wave of media coverage. But we have gotten some ink and air time since the October 21 release (in addition to tweet endorsements from RJD2, Dante Ross, Phonte and Masta Ace). More to come, but here’s a few:
Convinced? Get the album on vinyl or digital download with bonus liner notes on Bandcamp. Also available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, at ReDefinition Records (vinyl), in mom and pop shops, etc. Not convinced? Shit happens!
So here’s a mini-doc about my funk band with longtime cohort, Pablo Martin – how we formed, the making of our debut album, etc. Done by David Saklosky of Gusto Gold Films. Hope you dig it.
And for people who have no time to deal with vinyl and tapes, The Du-Rites’ album is now on iTunes (click that). Today’s release date of October 21 was chosen purposely, as my late grandmother (“Evil E”) would’ve celebrated her 93rd birthday today. Grandma is bestowing the funk upon us from heaven. That’s all we’ve got for today. Enjoy the music!
Finally! My very first pure funk endeavor is now available! It’s been on my to-do list for about 30 years and it feels amazing to finally have achieved it, although I never thought it would be primarily as a drummer and playing keys (with bass on a few cuts). Special shout out to my partner in funk, Mr. Pablo Martin – we are The Du-Rites! The actual “street date” is November 18, but digital download and a limited number of orange vinyl LPs and green shell tapes are available for pre-order now at: thedurites.bandcamp.com
They’ll ship around November 1. Should we run out of vinyl and/or tapes, they’re also available at www.redefinitionrecords.com and they’ll ship in the same time frame. Otherwise, pick up the wax or tape at your favorite mom + pop sites/stores November 18.
For those who don’t collect, the album will be on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc. tomorrow (October 21). I’ll do a separate post about that.
If spendin’ money ain’t your thing, you can always stream the album 24/7 on our Soundcloud page. We even considered the broke folks!
Too soon? I have a feeling this will get lost in Trump memes but oh well. There are 7 autographed test pressings of the The Du-Rites LP going on sale at www.redefinitionrecords.com at midnight EST (10/20). They ship immediately. During the afternoon (also on 10/20) the album will be for sale at thedurites.bandcamp.com digitally, with pre-orders for commercial copies of the LP and a few cassettes also live. ReDefinition Records will have the same preorder up. Those ship around Nov. 1. Album on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. this Friday (10/21) and vinyl/tape official street date for stores is Nov. 18. #thedurites!
Here’s a taste of the mini-documentary for The Du-Rites, my two man funk combo with Pablo Martin. Both the mini-doc and the album will be available in their entirety on October 21st! Check the teaser in the meantime.
Ever order a kale salad and discover a neckbone in it? That’s funk.
Ever written a love letter on a chicken grease-stained napkin? That’s funk.
The Du-Rites are without a doubt the soundtrack to both of those situations, but by definition, The Du-Rites are a duo of New York-based multi-instrumentalists comprised of Pablo Martin (guitar, bass, synthesizer) and J-Zone (drums, organ, bass, turntables, small percussion instruments that require little skill).
Funk comes from so many places that it’s hard to visit them all, but the duo manages to do just that on their self-titled (and almost wholly instrumental) debut LP on Old Maid Entertainment/ Ilegalia Records (with vinyl LP c/o ReDefinition Records). From the greasy, lo-fi and syncopated grooves of the late ‘60s (“Bug Juice,” “Git’n Off,” “Ghetto Ferris Wheel”); to ‘70s cop show funk (“The Chief & I,” “Hustle”); to the slick stomp of the early ‘80s (“Du-N-It”), The Du-Rites have membership at both the rib shack and the discotheque.
Individually, both J-Zone and Pablo have already planted their funk seeds, albeit in different locations. With 24 years experience as a hip-hop producer, 20+ as a DJ and four as a working drummer recording for the likes of Danger Mouse, various film scores (the Stretch and Bobbito Documentary being one) and his own albums and break beat projects, J-Zone knows a thing or two about what makes a song groove. Pablo currently holds down guitar duties for the legendary new wave band, Tom Tom Club, and has worked as a mastering/sound engineer in New York City for 20 years. The Argentina native brings a musicality with his Telecaster guitar that pairs with J-Zone’s rhythms and screaming organ riffs for a hard-grooving and quirky funk sound.
With influences ranging from the obvious (Booker T. & The MGs, Lalo Schifrin, Cameo, Kool and the Gang, The Meters, Jimi Hendrix, P-Funk, Motown, Herbie Hancock, and James Brown) to the obscure (overlooked late ‘60s funk bands Warm Excursion, TSU Toronadoes, The Counts and Willie & The Mighty Magnificents), The Du-Rites bounce from improvisational, raggedy and psychedelic to tight and snappy with the skip of a track. Pablo’s proficiency in punk, disco, pop and Latin and J-Zone’s deep roots in hip-hop combine to make one of the more off-kilter, but undeniably funky instrumental long players you’ll dig into.
The Du-Rites’ music is already being featured in a major film in 2017 and if you need a theme song for your fried chicken joint, they’ll get it done. But for now, enjoy their first full-length album (which drops October 21).
The full official single from the forthcoming album from my funk band with guitarist/bassist, Pablo Martin (The Du-Rites) is now here! If you heard the a-side (“Bug Juice”) when it was released in August, check out the b-side, “Hustle,” above. There’s a very limited run of 100 7″ vinyl singles available. 85 of them (+ digital download) are available at The Du-Rites Bandcamp page
Buy ’em fast or buy ’em slow – once they’re gone, ain’t no mo’.
Album drops October 21st.
If there’s ever been a party where you didn’t have to inquire about the cover charge, this is it. My set will be funky as usual, but definitely for those with dancing shoes. From b-boy breaks and heavy funk to Motown and some funky disco, it’ll all be there. I play from 4-6.