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THE BUDOS BAND
III
Daptone
Format: CD / LP / MP3
Release Date: August 10, 2010
By Jared M. Thiele June 10, 2011

On the heels of Skyscraper’s relaunch, we’ve been reviewing a number of records from mid-to-late 2010 that we missed out on covering during our semi-hiatus. Sort of a “what we missed” series of reviews, emphasizing both some of the best releases of 2010 and some of the year’s most interesting but overlooked records. This is one of those.

Daptone is one of those record labels that consistently puts out the goods. If I were record shopping with a friend and he held up an album with the imprint’s logo and asked what I thought of it, I’d have to give a thumbs up, no matter the album. Not to say all soul and funk is created equal; it certainly isn’t. The Daptone roster doesn’t half step, though, and the The Budos Band is no exception. As a label, Daptone seems to be very specific about quality control. There is an aesthetic which must be followed, and a groove that needs to be present. The Budos Band’s third full-length, simply titled III, explores the boundaries of the label’s sonic bent, this time moving even deeper into influences from Afro-rock, soul-jazz, psychedelia, and late 1960s/early 1970s film soundtracks. Jared Tankel, who plays baritone sax for the band, has recounted that, heading into the studio to record III, he thought Daptone was going to be releasing its first psychedelic doom-rock record. The results, somehow, turned out sounding like a Budos record.

No doubt, The Budos Band’s audience is adventurous enough that they would most likely find a thrill in following these guys into a drastic departure of psychedelic doom-rock. Lucky for those who desire more of what they know and love, though, this album offers up some familiar sounds. The grooves are strong on III, though it’s not quite what one would call danceable music. In theory, these are perfect dance tunes for any cool party. But in reality cool people just don’t dance. III is more like the badass soundtrack playing in a gritty 1970s heist film, when everything goes to slow motion right before the big job.

As there always is on a Budos record, a cover song is here, too. And as always, it’s a flipped version of the original, maybe hard to find at first, but you’ll know it when you hear it. The cover from the first record was Sly & The Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song,” on the second record it was “My Girl,” and on III it’s “Reppirt Yad,” a dark and funky twist on a Beatles classic. I bet you could figure it out just from the name of the song, but if not, then you’ll get it when you hear it.

Fans of previous Budos Band efforts will enjoy the subtle change of direction on this new disc, and those who are just discovering the band will be left wondering, “How many other things have I been missing out on in life?”

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