Shortly to be released on Tramp Records is Illegal Moves – by the finest afro-funk-soul outfit that Hungary has to offer – Dokkerman & The Turkeying Fellaz. True, they’re also pretty much the only afro-funk-soul outfit that Hungary has to offer but their output compares favourably with the international competition nonetheless. Tramp should probably get someone they know well to write the PR for that…
(PRESS RELEASE) Hungary may be a small country but it punches above its weight when it comes to the funk!
Formerly of the Eastern bloc, the cultural and musical heritage of this part of Europe is every bit as rich the likes of West Africa and as such it is a melting pot bubbling with rhythms and influences. Now imagine, if you will, some of this Eastern European brew sprinkled with a little bit of afro spice and then blended with a massive dose of classic heavyweight Stateside funk and you’ll have some idea of what Dokkerman & The Turkeying Fellaz (D&TTF) are all about.
The nine piece band, led by keyboard player Tamas Michelberger (aka Dokkerman), contains a tight rhythm section, a tight horn section and the ability to lay down a bad-ass groove – which collectively results in a raw and dirty old-school sound that recalls the funky golden era of the ’60s and ’70s. And yet the band also has that which differentiates it from the likes of Ikebe Shakedown or the Menahan Street Band in singer Gabor “The Flame” Hoffer whose chants offer added Magyar rawness.
In short, D&TTF breathe new life into vintage funk and trashy garage rock underpinning everything with afro-funk rhythms in a unique addition to the contemporary scene that’s guaranteed to make you move. In fact it’s so danceable it should be made illegal.
(Out 18 May on Tramp Records)
Stone Monkey (monkeyboxing.com) April 2015