NY Funk Band, The Other Brothers, Drop Slick R&B-Infused EP
Hailing from New Paltz, NY, funk-rock band The Other Brothers are moving hard and fast with their music. There's no time for taking breaks. On their brand new EP, Jones, the six-piece band offer expertly produced tunes that weave R&B influence with psychedelic beats for one wild and vibrant collection.
Jones opens with "A2W," a tongue-in-cheek ode to marijuana mischief, as told by deep plunking percussion, drunken vocals, and warbling bass lines. Next comes "Can I Get It," a deliciously funky jam-band tune that ends far too soon, just two minutes of vocal scatting and fizzy drum beats. The middle of Jones finds its standout track, the sultry R&B gem "Hit You Up," ft. local rapper Wavy Cunningham. Here, The Other Brothers' frontman Chris Owens offers up a powerhouse performance, moving from smooth, steady vocals to a sweet falsetto, all while pulsing bluesy rhythms linger beneath (courtesy of trumpet and keys). He passes the torch to Cunningham, whose performance is slick with talk-music expertise. Owens returns, his silky voice as impressive as ever. The track is a soft slow-jam, content to drift among a simple drum beat and layered bass until the end, when suddenly it evolves with the introduction of pop percussion, piano twinkles, and a phenomenal vocal sweep to close it out.
Next, "Your Machine" is lush in its groovy rhythms. The track is a full-on multi-instrumental jam, combining funky guitar, psychedelic layers, and sneaky prog-rock occurrences. The instrumental arrangement rocks the forefront, but poignant lyrics lurk, including "As the buildings rise up like castles in the sand / Lovers lie and weave their webs like the wrinkles on my hand." Jones ends with "Cave In," a wailing jazzy tune highlighting Owens' R&B-tinged voice while each instrumentalist seems to race each other before coming together for a vivid jam session. Breathy harmony and a blues-rock guitar line are extra sonic details that wow the senses during this beguiling, genre-blending dance track.
On Jones, The Other Brothers show us what they can do -- which is apparently everything. Every member of the band is an expert at their craft, and their thoughtfulness and thoroughness are the reasons they excel instrumentally. Clocking in at under 20 minutes, Jones is a wild time-machine ride masterfully designing one-of-a-kind funk jams you won't be able to get enough of.
Dying to hear The Other Brothers live? Check out their tour dates below:
10/6 SURPRISE SHOW
10/14 Foam Brewers Burlington, VT
10/27 BSP w/ Breakfast for the Boys *Halloween Show Kingston, NY
11/4 Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY
11/11 Nine Pin Cider Albany, NY
11/22 The Hollow, Albany, NY
12/8 Oasis New Paltz, NY *TWO NIGHT New Paltz RUN*
12/9 Snugs New Paltz, NY