November 29 2007
As you may or may not have heard, one of the bands that we're bringing on like fresh water in a hot heat is a group out of Los Angeles named Orgone. For those not in the know, Orgone refers to a pseudoscientific theory and is a term coined by psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich for the "universal life energy" which he claimed to have discovered in published experiments in the late 1930s. Reich claimed that orgone energy was a "life energy" which filled all space, was blue in color, and that certain forms of illness were the consequence of depletion or blockages of the energy within the body.
That said, Orgone the band has a certain energy to it that will unblock your groove and unleash your ill-ness on the dance floor. I can tell you in my own inimitable what they are all about but I'll stick to their press release. Besides they do a fine job telling you about themselves that I'll let them explain...
Orgone first appeared on Ubiquity with their cover of “Funky Nassau” (on Rewind Vol. 4), which became a ubiquitous DJ fave worldwide. Their debut album The Killion Floor backs this up by taking the listener on a musical journey from the sound of Los Angeles to horn and percussion driven Lagos, and from a New York club to the raw sounds of New Orleans.
The Los-Angeles-based band's reputation amongst the funk and soul fraternity is backed-up by an impressive and quickly growing resume that is expanding their reach. This includes landing a spot in an Adidas campaign, touring with major-label crew Little Brother, and going out as backing band for The Pharcyde, Plantlife (including a BBC performance for Jools Holland), Tone Loc, and New Orleans funk legend Eddie Bo at the Hurricane Katrina benefit. Members of Orgone also feature in the make-up of Ubiquity acts Connie Price and The Keystones and Breakestra and perform regularly at the Root Down in LA.
At the core of the band is a rhythm section comprised of close friends who have played together for over 15 years. Growing artistically as a unit they function as one organic and intuitive whole and, while they enjoy the comparisons to hot acts of the moment like Amy Winehouse, or funk staples like Sharon Jones or Breakestra, they're quick to point out that Orgone is unique, “We draw from a wider musical and production palette than a lot of the '60's inspired music that's making a resurgence,” explains band-member Sean O'Shea. “It's not intentional; it's simply a reflection of the music and production aesthetics that we love.” The Killion Floor backs this up by taking the listener on a musical journey from the sound of Los Angeles to horn and percussion driven Lagos, and from a New York club to the raw sounds of New Orleans.Lead singer Fanny Franklin joined the groups' recordings after they saw her perform with Dakah, the 30-piece hip hop orchestra. “We felt she was the best soul singer in town,” says O'Shea. “We asked her to record “Funky Nassau” and that led to us working together regularly.” Franklin delivers monster performances that will surely put an end to her relative obscurity on tracks like the Memphis-drenched “Who Knows Who,” the laid-back and cosmic “Said and Done,” and the apocalyptic sound of “Do Your Thing.”
The title of the album is derived from the Orgone apartment / studio facility where the majority of the album was recorded (it's also where recent Plantlife material and the Lions album have been coming to fruition). While this epicenter for all things Orgone grabbed the title, recent live dates have also shaped the band and this album.
“Performing with Little Brother was a great experience, they killed it every night,” says O'Shea. “It can be difficult to sell a hip hop crowd on a live band but it went over extremely well. We both went balls-out every night. I think we changed a lot of peoples minds about what a live hip hop show could be,” he adds.
Orgone live is 110% organic heart and soul. They promise a gritty, full throttle, extremely high energy, percussion heavy, horn laden, heavy hitting, dance party. Just like the recording they bring something special to the table; a vibe, an aesthetic and an attitude born out of half a lifetime of playing together. After the success of their outing with Little Brother (they played sold out dates in Atlanta, North Carolina, New Orleans, Houston, and Austin)...
...These videos are from one of their most recent performances, a show at the Temple Bar in Santa Monica California...don't miss the sick cover of Manu Dibango's classic "Soul Makossa" halfway in...