Detroit, MI based guitarist, songwriter, producer Darrin James and his team Disaster Relief are back with their second full length album ‘Back Into It’. Just like their self-titled debut album (‘Disaster Relief’) released in 2018, the present album ‘Back Into It’ too is funky, joyful and timeless. The band has expanded their horizon to include more influences and flavors from around the world.
The new album combines old school funk with wah-wah guitars to create an upbeat, horn-driven music. Inspired by the likes of Galactic, Antibalas, Budos Band and the Meters, ‘Back Into It’ spreads positive vibes and keeps the Greek wedding party going with danceable grooves.
‘Back Into It’ Tracklist
- Back into it
- Kalamatianós for Alexander
- Beach Song
- Weekend Čoček
- Ostinato Eleven
- What Day Is It?
The album opens with the title track “Back into it”. The soulful infusion of sax, trumpet, guitar, organ and drums makes it an impressive piece for parties. The second track “Kalamatianós for Alexander” is composed to the popular Greek wedding dance rhythm. It reflects James’ own Greek family heritage.
The third track “Beach Song” points towards Afro-Carribean influences, while Weekend Čoček turns the classic Balkan dance into a psychedelic, retro surf-rock jam. The eclecticism and funky charisma continues through the other two tracks “Ostinato Eleven” and “What Day Is It?”, making the entire album a delicious listen.
‘Back Into It’ is produced by Darrin James under the label of Ravine Records. The music can be categorized as jazz-funk, acid jazz, world and soul. The following artists have contributed to this album:
Brennan Andes: Bass
Rob Avsharian: Drums
Dan Bennett: Alto and Bari Sax
Josef Deas: Organ, Electric Piano, Moog Synth
Tim Haldeman: Tenor Sax
Ross Huff: Trumpet
Darrin James: Guitar, Organ
Randall Moore: Percussion
About Darrin James and Disaster Relief
Darrin James branched away from his blues and roots-rock band in 2018 to form a more improvisational, instrumental and funky project Disaster Relief. The new band draws inspiration from New Orleans funk, Memphis soul, Motown, Afrobeat and seeks to provide more flavors from around the globe.
Disaster Relief released their eponymous debut album in 2018, which earned them loads of praise for their stellar musicianship. The band has built a solid reputation for performing epic live shows that become energetic dance parties. They recently released a collaboration with Detroit’s iconic blues artist Thornetta Davis for a two song single.