Release Date: Feb 2, 2010
Record label: Now-Again
Genre(s): Rock, Funk
The Whitefield Brothers add quite a bit of their sonic research to what is already some hostile, heavy psych-funk. On Earthology, you can hear Asian and Arabic influences alongside their continued fascination with African rythmic modes, which they began to explore on their debut, In The Raw. Joined by the likes of Mr. Lif and members of the Dap-Kings, the Brothers take the structures of funk beyond their traditional scope.
‘Keeping it real’ means different things to different people. Indie bands tend to interpret it as avoiding questions about their public school education; you’re simply nobody in black metal without an album named in cod-Latin; and just try suggesting a rapper might be a ‘fake MC’ to see how touchy they get about the subject. If you’re Poets Of Rhythm however, it means recording long jams on analogue equipment and only releasing it on rarer-than-thou vinyl 45s, so that anyone who finds one thinks that you’re a forgotten Afro-funk group from the 1970s, instead of a bunch of white kids from Munich who first started putting tunes to wax in 1991.
Formerly known as the Poets Of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers is a German collective that started putting tunes to wax back in 1991. Under this moniker, Jan and Max Weissenfeldt and their comrades return with a sophomore release of late ‘60s-inspired funk digressions, Earthology. This time they venture into a fusion of Afrobeat and exotica. Working alongside a roster of guest artists including, Edan, MED, Percee P, and Mr.