20 Best Funk Albums of 2018

20 Best Funk Albums of 2018

ASTRALBLAK – Seeds  ( Amazon  |  iTunes  |  Website )   ASTRALBLAK  is a band that has been holding court in the new wave of what we call neo-funk. Originally named  Zuluzuluu , they then changed their name to  ASTRALBLAK  after a successful tour under the  Zuluzuluu  name opening for  Atmosphere  and also being chosen to perform at Superbowl Live by MPLS royalty  Jimmy Jam  and  Terry Lewis .  Their new album is full of thick and moody production. That blend of thumpy muted buzzy production in the spirit of the  Soulquarian  movement and bands like  The Internet . It’s an album that we simply cannot ignore and we don’t think that you should either     https://funkatopia.com/funk-music-reviews/20-best-funk-albums-of-2018/

ASTRALBLAK – Seeds
(Amazon | iTunes | Website)

ASTRALBLAK is a band that has been holding court in the new wave of what we call neo-funk. Originally named Zuluzuluu, they then changed their name to ASTRALBLAK after a successful tour under the Zuluzuluu name opening for Atmosphere and also being chosen to perform at Superbowl Live by MPLS royalty Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Their new album is full of thick and moody production. That blend of thumpy muted buzzy production in the spirit of the Soulquarian movement and bands like The Internet. It’s an album that we simply cannot ignore and we don’t think that you should either

https://funkatopia.com/funk-music-reviews/20-best-funk-albums-of-2018/

Riemenschneider's top 10 Minnesota albums of 2018

Riemenschneider's top 10 Minnesota albums of 2018  Astralblak's "Seeds," Low's "Double Negative" and Dessa's "Chime" were high among the year's best Minnesota albums.  1. Low, “Double Negative”  2. Astralblak, “Seeds”  3. Dessa, “Chime”  4. The Lioness, “Greater Vision”  5. The Jayhawks, “Back Roads & Abandoned Motels”  6. Trampled by Turtles, “Life Is Good on the Open Road”  7. Catbath, “Glitterbox”  8. Kitten Forever, “Semi-Permanent”  9. Dwynell Roland, “Young Roland”  10. The Bad Man, “Laughing With Bad Teeth”     http://www.startribune.com/riemenschneider-s-top-10-minnesota-albums-of-2018/503322512

Riemenschneider's top 10 Minnesota albums of 2018

Astralblak's "Seeds," Low's "Double Negative" and Dessa's "Chime" were high among the year's best Minnesota albums.

1. Low, “Double Negative”

2. Astralblak, “Seeds”

3. Dessa, “Chime”

4. The Lioness, “Greater Vision”

5. The Jayhawks, “Back Roads & Abandoned Motels”

6. Trampled by Turtles, “Life Is Good on the Open Road”

7. Catbath, “Glitterbox”

8. Kitten Forever, “Semi-Permanent”

9. Dwynell Roland, “Young Roland”

10. The Bad Man, “Laughing With Bad Teeth” 


http://www.startribune.com/riemenschneider-s-top-10-minnesota-albums-of-2018/503322512

AStralblak -Seeds on 10 Notable Minnesota Albums of 2018

10 Notable Minnesota Albums of 2018

Astralblak – “Seeds”    Seeds  — Astralblak’s first release since switching their name from ZULUZULUU — sounds more pensive than their debut EP  What’s the Price . Where the Afrofuturist five might have once reached for a bright-sounding keyboard, they now present panflute; synths are tuned down and vibes dialed up in “Jerkin.” But they still make it bump. “Sand Houses” and “Waves” sound great on a car stereo, and when former member Trelly Mo rejoins the Tribe for the  Dirty Mind -copping “Feels,” the groove gets thick as butter. This 15-song collection takes full advantage of its size, leading you from the stars to the bedroom and back. –  CJ      https://blog.thecurrent.org/2018/12/10-notable-local-albums-of-2018/

Astralblak – “Seeds”

Seeds — Astralblak’s first release since switching their name from ZULUZULUU — sounds more pensive than their debut EP What’s the Price. Where the Afrofuturist five might have once reached for a bright-sounding keyboard, they now present panflute; synths are tuned down and vibes dialed up in “Jerkin.” But they still make it bump. “Sand Houses” and “Waves” sound great on a car stereo, and when former member Trelly Mo rejoins the Tribe for the Dirty Mind-copping “Feels,” the groove gets thick as butter. This 15-song collection takes full advantage of its size, leading you from the stars to the bedroom and back. – CJ

https://blog.thecurrent.org/2018/12/10-notable-local-albums-of-2018/

Astralblak -Seeds - Scratched Vinyl review

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astralblak - Seeds

Written by Chi Chi on November 20, 2018

astralblak is the Minneapolis group formerly known as ZULUZULUU, consisting of Greg Grease, Proper-T, Just Nine, MMYYKK, and Elliott. They first started playing together back in 2014, and then released their debut album, What’s The Price? in 2016. After rebranding, they know come back with their sophomore album, Seeds.

When astralblak released their first album, the established themselves as a unique entity, a group where vocals, instrumentation, and production duties were spread around the five members, as they explored the worlds of jazz, funk, afrobeat, soul, and hip hop. They continue down this path on Seeds, as they both refine and expand upon this foundation that was laid on the first album. Most of the album eschews pop convention, instead opting for song structure more like that of prog rock or modal jazz, where songs are sometimes built around musical phrases or ideas, but the direction they go is hard to predict. To build these songs, they take the futuristic and eerie sounds of synthesizers, add drum machine funk and turntable scratching, and then pick their moments to add live instrumentation like guitar or flute or strings. Vocally, they are just as interesting, with soaring powerhouse vocals coming from Proper-T, ethereal raps from Greg Grease, and wonderfully tight harmonies across the group. As would be expected, they are lyrically abstract as well, painting philosophical questions with beautiful imagery with their phrasing. At different points across the album, they’ll remind you of TV on the Radio, Prince, Parliament, Living Colour, or Stevie Wonder, just to name a few, but at the same time astralblak is always putting their own spin on it. It’s an album that’s so unique and jampacked full of musical information, you can’t help but listen to it over and over again, picking up something new each time.

astralblak is one of the best things to emerge out of Minneapolis in recent years, and they continue to improve with their sophomore album. It’s inventive, soulful, and challenging, while also delivering moments of clarity and pure funk as well.

Title: 

astralblak - Seeds

Label: 

Sound Verite

Year: 

2018

Rating: 

8/10

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