Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Since 1993, Brooklyn Funk Essentials have been presenting their unique brand of eclectic funk to ecstatic audiences around the world. Made up of musicians, singers and poets from around the globe, the group is an all-star-team famously mixing styles like soul, jazz, latin and house - all rolled into one ferocious funk fest. If it grooves, they will funk it!
BFE have released five studio albums, that along with massive critical praise, have earned them Grammy nominations and ‘Album Of The Year’ acclaim. Their songs have also been used in several films and TV-shows, such as ‘Starsky & Hutch’, ‘The Sopranos’, ‘The Blacklist’ and ‘The Basketball Diaries’. But perhaps most notably, their amazing live shows have given them a worldwide loyal fan-base.
The 2018 all-star line-up features the talents of:
Anna Brooks - Saxophones & vocals
Desmond Foster - Vocals & guitar
Lati Kronlund - Bass
Alison Limerick - Vocals
Hux Flux Nettermalm - Drums
Iwan Van Hetten - Trumpet, keyboards & vocals
Brooklyn Funk Essentials at Le Rocher de Palmer, Cenon (Bordeaux) in September 2016. Photo: Laurent Robert.
On January 19, 2016, Brooklyn Funk Essentials played the legendary Ronnie Scott’s club in London. It was the band’s first show after the release of their fifth studio album ‘Funk Ain’t Ova’, which Dorado Records had dropped worldwide two months earlier. It was also the first time that BFE played London in many years, and the show was sold out shortly after tickets went on sale. In addition, this show would be the first time that UK soulstress Alison Limerick would perform together with the band. BFE leader and bass player, Lati Kronlund had written and produced Alison’s classic anthem ‘Where Love Lives’ back in 1989, so it seemed natural that they should get together and play the song live, given such a perfect opportunity.
The show was a smashing success. Blues & Soul’s Emrys Baird wrote: “There's an old saying 'form is temporary and class is permanent' and BFE are definitely a classy affair… Ronnie's was now in full swing and party mode and by the time Ms Limerick came back on to sing her classic (to glorious effect) 'Where Love Lives’… it was a done deal. Staged without an interval, the two hour show kept the eager audience still wanting more, which takes some doing, but BFE certainly have stamina. Let's hope we see more of them they are one helluva band with their funk going strong and as our Lenny said 'it ain't over til it's over’... you'd be hard pressed to find a more versatile band out there. ......A top night in Soho me thinks.”
funk ain't ova
DANCE OR DIE
Alison instantly merged into the BFE blend and it was only natural that she become a new regular member of the band. This was also particularly welcome since the departure of original singer Hanifah Walidah from the band’s line-up in the previous year.
BFE began touring in 2017 with Alison Limerick and Desmond Foster on lead vocals. As the band’s original lead singer Papa Dee had decided to concentrate on his solo career, this opened up an opportunity for the band to dive deeper in to the instrumental elements of the music, mixed with the soulful voices of Alison and Desmond. Rather than only continuing to play songs from the previous five studio albums, the band also began to include completely new songs in their live set, highlighting the talents of the new tight-knit six-piece.
As the new songs developed and matured on the road, the band decided that it was time to go into the studio and record a new EP, that would showcase the new sound and songs to the fans. Recording began in February 2018 at the legendary Atlantis Studios in Stockholm. Mixing is scheduled for mid-April in Birmingham, UK, and the EP will drop on Dorado Records worldwide in June - just in time for the band’s first dates of their summer tour.
BFE will combine touring this summer with the recording of more new material. The plan is to have a new album ready for an autumn release. Watch this space for more news.
'Blast It!' from the 'Funk Ain't Ova' album (Dorado Records 2015).
It's about not giving up and pushing through when times are hard. Funk Ain't Ova!
Official video of 'Gabriel' from the 'Funk Ain't Ova' album (Dorado Records 2015).
BFE's cover of Roy Davis Jr and Peven Everett's classic tune, given a Brooklyn Funk Latin-Ska-Jazz make-over.