Wednesday 6 November 2019

'2066' by The Mighty Mocambos

The Mighty Mocambos make their grand return with the follow-up to 2015's 'Showdown' once again solidifying their place as Hamburg's finest purveyors of funk.

Although '2066' comes after a four year gap since its predecessor, the years in between have continued to be productive - there was work on Gizelle Smith's long-awaited album 'Ruthless Day' which was released in 2018 through Jalapeno Records, and the release of Eric Boss's 'A Modern Love' album this year created with the Mocambos throughout.  And not to forget the Mocambos Caribbean steely drum alter-ego, the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, and the release of their second album last year, 'The Serpent's Mouth', on Big Crown Records.

'2066' sees The Mighty Mocambos slip back into their traditional funk-filled and break-beat-inspired style of music with an inspired selection of guests which sees vocalist Nichola Richards taking on a strong supporting role appearing on a handful of songs; German film composer, Peter Thomas, nicely picks up from his last appearance on 'Showdown' transforming 'Road To Earth' to a round trip journey with 'Return To Space'; The Mocambos' love for hip-hop continues as they boast collaborations with JSWISS ('Stronger') and hip-hop legend Ice-T with frequent Mocambos collaborator Charlie Funk ('Bounce That Ass'); but perhaps most exciting is the official reunion with Gizelle Smith who guests on 'Take On The World' rekindling some of the magic from their collaborative album now ten years old, 'This Is Gizelle Smith & The Mighty Mocambos'.  And a final mention to the appearance of the previously released 2015 single with vocals by the incomparable Lee Fields 'Where Do We Go From Here' also makes a perfect inclusion

In Episode #29 of the Blue-in-Green:PODCAST, we had the pleasure of talking to Rob Fleming from Crowd Company where aside from the band's own excellent catalogue, conversation turned to the awesome array of contemporary funk bands and the longevity many of these bands have managed to latch on to.  Through an incredible body of work and a devoted and loyal fanbase, The Mighty Mocambos are absolutely a part of that conversation as front-runners within the genre as exemplified by their '2066' album release.

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