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Ikebe Shakedown | Kings Left Behind

The New York instrumental septet score the greatest ’70s B movie never made

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WHO ARE THEY? A retro-minded, horn-fuelled instrumental septet from New York City.

WHAT IS THIS? Their fourth full-length, full-strength fusion of vintage soul, cut with everything from psychedelia and Afrobeat to blaxploitation funk and spaghetti-western twang.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? The score to some great lost B-movie from the ’70s.

WHAT WOULD BE A BETTER TITLE FOR THIS ALBUM? Back and Fourth.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? On a playlist with Budos Band, Antibalas, The Dap-Kings and the rest of their Big Apple brethren.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Groovy, funky, soulful, grounded, crafted, punchy, entrancing, cinematic, evocative, intriguing.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? Almost all of them boast great horn lines and irresistible grooves. For a change of pace, the smouldering twang and plaintive toreador trumpet of the Western-themed Horses lives up to its name.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY? ‘This must be one weird movie.’

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? You might not sit down and play it often, but it makes a great soundtrack to your day.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE A BUSINESS, WHAT KIND OF BUSINESS WOULD IT BE? The food court in an ethnic mall.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL IT? Well, it probably costs less than going to an actual movie.