Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Global funk connections: Soulvibe

Before reading any further, take a listen to this laid-back groove.

Sounds like something out of the US or UK, recalling the sound of Touch of Jazz label from Philly (responsible for acts like Musiq Soulchild).

Actually, it's straight out of Jakarta, not traditionally a place known for appreciating soul music, let alone creating it. But in recent years a number of Indonesian artists have appeared on the scene working in the R&B/neo-soul/acid jazz medium. Like their peers (Maliq N D'Essentials, Glenn Fredly), Soulvibe sing in both English and Indonesian, but judging by the above track I Want You Back, can replicate the US neo-soul ballad better than any other Indonesian artist.

Here's another example - No More. Here in rehearsal mode, but I actually like it better than their album version.

Of course, most of their work is in the Indonesian language, and includes plenty of uptempo acid-jazzy cuts such as this one, Masih.

For more Indonesian funk and soul:

Global funk connections: Maliq N D'Essentials

Maliq N D'Essentials - "Dia"

Lloyd Popp - awesome Indonesian talk-box guy

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