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.
Test pressing alert! The Du-Rites' 7" single for "Bug Juice" b/w "Hustle" coming soon. Only 300 will be pressed. Clips of both cuts here to check out. Album on digital, cassette and super limited test pressing vinyl on 10/21. Vinyl LP in November on @redefrecords The Du-Rites are Pablo Martin and me. Pablo on guitar, bass & synths and me on drums, organ, bass, turntables and hand percussion that require minimal skill. Funk is a love letter written on a napkin you used to wipe chicken grease off your mouth. Let's go!
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We all know the vinyl pressing business is an unpredictable one, so strict adherence to release dates ain’t my thing. But I’m happy to announce that the test pressing for The Du-Rites’ “Bug Juice” b/w “Hustle” 7″ single has been approved and the commercial release should be available by the end of September. The day the records arrive is the day they’ll go on sale.
If you’ve been following The Du-Rites, you’ve already heard “Bug Juice,” but check above for a quick video snippet including both “Bug Juice” and the b-side, “Hustle.” Album drops Oct. 21.
NYC: I’m currently filling the drum chair for soul/disco/funk outfit, Benjamin, for their September residency at C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave.) in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. We play every Tuesday for the month: the 6th; the 13th; the 20th and (possibly) the 27th. $10 at the door. 8PM-11PM. The clip above is from the first show on September 6th. If that’s your vibe, come on down!
Semi-regular DJ and drumming gigs I’ve been fortunate enough to play lately have made doing live music enjoyable again. It’s been 11 years since I could say that! My monthly DJ gig at Robert Bar (B’klyn) is called Soul Vibrations (a tribute to the legendary Kool and the Gang) and kicks off Saturday, September 10. 4 hours of really greasy and hard-groovin’ funk and soul 45s. Robert Bar is located at 104 Bond St. in Downtown Brooklyn. It’s free. Stop on by. Remaining dates for 2016 are:
- October 8
- November 19
- December 10
If you’ve kept up with me for the last four months, you’ll know my two man funk unit with Tom Tom Club guitarist/bassist (and my longtime mastering engineer) Pablo Martin is called The Du-Rites. Vinyl LP test pressing approved! Limited run of test pressings, digital and cassette have an official release date of October 21. Commercial LP will be out in November on ReDefinition Records. Pablo and I put a 7″ single in production in July but still no word on if we’ll get it in time. The “vinyl revival” is fly but too fly for me. New song on SoundCloud next week + video stuff, etc. to replace our missing in action 7″. I’m dying to see CDs come back in style at this point. Till then, here’s a snippet of “Play The Right Hand” live from the vinyl test pressing!
My two man funk unit with Tom Tom Club guitarist/bassist Pablo Martin is called The Du-Rites. Vinyl LP test pressing approved! Limited run of test pressings, digital and cassette have an official release date of October 21. Commercial LP in November on @redefrecords. We put a 7" single in production in July but still no word on if we'll get it in time. The "vinyl revival" is fly but too fly for me. New song on SoundCloud next week + video stuff, etc. to replace our missing in action 7". I'm dying to see CDs come back in style at this point. # thedurites
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