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Funkee Boy — Philosoulphy

Mar. 14, 2012

A truly eclectic CD showing off all manner of smooth jazz tastes, rhythms, vibes, and styles, Philosoulphy, the sophomore release from the talented producer/keyboardist Funkee Boy encompasses much to enjoy.

Funkee Boy has enjoyed comfortable chart standings and success with such hits as “Bliss” by guitarist Robert Harris, “Listen Don’t Listen” from sexy vocalist Leila, as well as “Sexy Saxophone” with Leila and Eric Darius, and “Table for Two” by Marty Q. His debut release, Rise found a few tracks like “Body Music,” Soul Dance,” and “When You’re Mad” hitting the charts, as well.  So, the artist is no stranger to producing hit material.

This particular album hints of an interesting mix of some of the instrumental tracks of the U.K. acid jazz icons Shakatak, today’s typical movin’, groovin’ contemporary jazz, the old school soul funk years (check out the jammin’ cover of L.T.D.’s “Back in Love Again”), some sweet, mellow soul vibes, some neo-soul, and even sports an all-out rousing tribute to the ‘70s iconic horn-heavy R&B band Tower of Power. All of this and strings, too! How’s that for diversity??

With guest appearances from saxmen Elan Trotman (“Just Because”) and the young Vincent Ingala (“When We Groove,” “Into You”), and vocalists L.G. McKenzie (“Back in Love Again”), Leila (“When We Groove”), Anthony Rivera (“Anatomy”) and Ru Williams (“On TOP”), Philosoulphy brings every type of groove mood together under this one broad umbrella for a soul-reaching experience.

While Funkee Boy has enjoyed writing and production success, his sense that he has as much to offer as an outright performing artist is dead on (his keys skills are quite noteworthy, by the way), as he demonstrates here. This is much promise here. Such promise will only keep one coming back for more. – Ronald Jackson