It's a good time for fine melodic, cinematic Funk at the moment - not least with the recent Melbourne outfit, Surprise Chef just about to gift us 'Daylight Savings' at the same time as this beauty.
From the USA comes the self-titled debut album from a band with an incredible pedigree: The 7 Day Weekend are acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and producer Alan Evans (co-founder and drummer of soul-funk legends Soulive), and in-demand keyboard player Kris Yunker (Alan Evans Trio / Jen Dunkin & The Business).
Mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a consensus-nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the jazz, funk & soul scene. A producer, recording engineer, guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and writer, Evans’ repertoire of skills has been perfected through two decades of dedication. As co-founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for 20 years, Alan Evans co-wrote, co-produced, recorded, and mixed the majority of the band’s work. He still tours the world with Soulive and has shared the stage with legends including The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, John Scofield: the list (and beat) goes on!
The 7 Day Weekend is born from and influenced by the sounds and compositions of 60s and 70s film scores. Evans & Yunker combine their songwriting and production aesthetic to create what they describe as “electrorganic music”. Blending evocative ambient soundscapes with impeccable funk & hip hop-influenced grooves, the duo have put together a luscious collection of instrumentals for their self-titled debut.
From boogie, to jazz-funk, to sultry cinematic sounds, “The 7 Day Weekend” is an album that draws equally from the sonic landscapes of Galt McDermot as it does from those of J-Dilla. Sitting somewhere between concept album and imaginary film score, this full-length eschews the music industry’s current focus on singles, rather it seamlessly flows from the first track to the last, conjuring laid back summer grooves and transporting the listener to the weekend no matter what day of the week it is.