Ikebe Shakedown – Stone By Stone (2014)

Ikebe Shakedown - Stone By Stone (2014)
Artist: Ikebe Shakedown
Album: Stone By Stone
Genre: Funk, Afro-Beat, Brass Band
Origin: USA
Released: 2014
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
The Offering [00:03:46]
Stone By Stone [00:03:28]
The Beast [00:03:45]
By Hook Or By Crook [00:04:07]
Rio Grande [00:03:51]
Last Stand [00:04:03]
Cover Your Tracks [00:03:43]
Chosen Path [00:03:23]
The Illusion [00:03:33]
Dram [00:04:03]

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If you’ve ever listened to Otis Redding or Al Green and thought, “Gee, they sure don’t make ’em like this anymore,” rest assured, it’s not for a lack of trying. Ikebe Shakedown are part of a growing contingent of musicians dedicated to replicating the feel of classic recordings. They do a good job, and it’s a noble goal, too. This retro-sounding set of instrumentals (made in the same studio where Sharon Jones records) is fun. It’s far more enjoyable, in fact, than I thought possible for an all-white band capitalizing on vintage afrobeat and R&B. Ultimately, though, Ikebe Shakedown are proficient, but helplessly out of their depth. I can’t imagine why anyone would prefer this to something more serious (Fela’s Expensive Shit comes to mind). Still, I’d bet these guys are a blast live. – Dan Vesper

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