Description: Funky P Society releases album March 2010
Bio: Funky P Society is a Luxembourg-based post modern soul-funk outfit. In musical terms, the goal of FP Society is to set an example of how, with contemporary production, stylish funk tailored for the dance-floor can fruitfully meet the musical craftsmanship of the past. As one observer comments: “This is heavy, real soul for the future. Look out! ”Funky P Society is one of the freshest bands on the soul-funk-dance circuit today and their single “Smile Baby” demonstrated this in the summer of 2006 by reaching the number 1 spot on Luxembourg’s largest radio station RTL Hitmachine Charts and later voted the number 2 hit of the year 2006 at RTL Luxembourg. Currently the Funky P Society single “Falling” reached the number 1 spot and remains in the top 10 of Radio RTL Luxembourg and number 22 on the Eldoradio Luxembourg Chartbreaker. Radio DNR Luxembourg is also currently giving “Falling” airplay in Luxembourg. With help from their new music producer, Yves Roze(alias Jean-Francois Michael), the band’s blend of 70’s funk and contemporary production sounds appeal to a wide audience. As the target audience goes beyond the traditional soul-funk market the single “Falling” is a perfect example to attract new audiences.“Funky P Society understand the importance of good old-fashioned song writing” Brainchild of Marc Reichling, the original incarnation of Funky P formed in 2004 while Marc was touring and recording with several German, French and Luxembourg bands. Inspired by many bands and producers that he met he began nurturing a desire to get into the studio himself. A chance meeting with American Roosevelt Isaac gave him the opportunity to start the pursuit of his dream. Isaac and Marc hit it off immediately and he set about forming musicians for the band. There was simply no looking back. From their inception there has always been an emphasis on the live aspect of Funky P Society, with the Funky P Society going through various incarnations, but since the completion of the first single “Smile Baby” in 2006, the band has really taken shape. Opening for several star acts such as PINK! (September –2007), Solomon Burke (June -2009) Funky P Society has become a dynamic eight piece, a mixture of those involved in the album along side some serious new talent. The band has already left crowds in awe with gigs at a variety of venues, such as the Blues & Jazz Rally Luxembourg(2004), TV appearance of DOK.TV, Planet Hollywood Paris(2005 American Independence Day Celebration) or National Day Celebration media City stage 2005 “GellaFra” Luxembourg City.You may know the single, you may think you know the band, but honestly, if you ain’t seen them live you don’t know shit. They completely out play any expectations you may have of them. From a musicianship viewpoint they are off the scale, particularly the groove of the guitarist (Cavallini), bass (Reichling) and drummer (Herr). The funky horn section (Engelhardt, Kuffer and Reuter) are reminiscent of the band Chicago and the Keys (Schaus) are inspired by Herbie Hancock. The lead singer (Isaac ) obviously has a great relationship with the band(almost telepathic at times.) Their humor and energy are infectious and they seem to love trading off lead vocal lines with horns. Funky P is well on the path to becoming a rare feature, a popular contemporary “International Soul Band”..“Real music made by Funky P Society is the dawn of a new era of music.” Funky P (S.A.), Headquarters, Strassen (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg) E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Internet: www.funkyp.lu
Press Release: INDIE-MUSIC.COM CD Review By Barney Quick, Indie-Music.com It’s always been interesting to observe how Europe – both its audiences and musical acts– have filtered American music according to its own experience.You never know what elements are going to appeal to Europeans and in what combination. A Luxembourg-based ensemble called Funky P Society is currently tearing up the continent with its amazingly tight, bright, fresh take on the prototype of the danceoriented horn-and-rhythm section powerhouse. The Society has crafted a classic, timeless sound, combining the most venerable aspects of every r&b style to come along in the last forty years. One hears snippets of Philly soul, disco, 70s-era Stevie Wonder, 90s-era balladeering, and even deep-south juke-joint grits-and-collard-greens styling. The sum total of all this is presented with supreme polish. It’s dressed up for downtown. The Europeans apparently like their neo-soul with lots of class. The band’s new self-titled offering includes two discs: a CD sporting twelve tracks, and a DVD that puts videos with five of them. The most appealing videos are those that show the entire group, although lead vocalist Isaac Roosevelt knows how to work a camera with his slick dance moves and his repertoire of facial expressions. The two standout songs are “Real Love” and “Days of Pearly Spencer.” They most effectively showcase the band’s signature strengths: the depth, range and dynamic variety of Roosevelt’s delivery, the punchy horn charts, the general fullness of sound, and the authenticity of the feeling being expressed. “Real Love” builds through the verse to a robust rhythmic stride over which Roosevelt sings “I’ll just climb from a mountain / fly over trees / rise from the ocean floor / to be at your feet,” and then breaks through into a full-throttle exuberant groove for the refrain. This tune also provides a fine example of another of the Society’s attributes: an unabashedly light-filled outlook. It’s so refreshing to hear dance-club music that uplifts and celebrates. This record proves conclusively that being hip most definitely does not mean being jaded or decadent. Remo Cavallini’s bright, churningly percussive guitar contributes to this tune’s impact as well. “Days of Pearly Spencer” is a compassionate look at a lonely soul starved for connection in a bleak urban landscape. Still, it’s not a portrait devoid of hope; indeed, there is an exhortation to the protagonist to rise up and claim his humanity. Roosevelt delivers the spoken-word verses in a worldly-wise baritone that is at once candid yet rich in hope. Other tunes sport noteworthy traits as well. The vocal effects on “Get the Funk” lend the proceedings an air of modernity without being gratuitously gimmicky. “Smile Baby” is a plea to a woman to see past the glitz of her social whirl and recognize the genuine love of the singer. “Falling” is perfect hustle music. The interaction of the staccato electricpiano chords and slap bass create the perfect tension for maximum flair on the dance floor. That’s just the first version. As a bonus track, a remix is included. It puts reverb and delay on Roosevelt’s vocals, and there is a synthesized gallop to the beat, as well as a wah-wah guitar riff, that open up a whole new set of possibilities for those moving to the aural propulsion. “Live by Your Side” provides some stately harmonies. Lyrically, it’s yet another example of that expression of belief in everyone’s basic humanity, that conviction that none of us are alone, that characterizes so much of this album. That, in the final analysis, is what sets Funky P Society apart from the multitudes of dance-music purveyors out there. This is not an easy world; sometimes joy seems to be at a premium. The message that it’s worth it to keep looking for it is always welcome, particularly when it also makes your feel like doing slides and crossover breaks up and down the dance floor.