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[BNB 055] The Killer Meters - Rainbow Of Love
Following the underground success the "Breakin Out" album released in late 2009, The Killer Meters drop another single with remixes aimed directly at the dancefloor. "Breakin' Out" surprised their fans and the worldwide soul/funk scene by moving on from standard covers to a new hybrid of psychedelic soul/funk/rock.
They even sneaked a disco/soul track "Rainbow Of Love" onto the end of the album.
They've been gigging around the UK and Europe promoting the album and Rainbow Of Love has become one of their best received tracks. This surprised the band, as the track whilst related to the soul/funk of the rest of the album, they thought funk aficionados might turn their noses up at a bit of four to the floor action.
Very few soul bands today can master a genre and then expand into other territories whilst remaining true to their roots.
It's not wonky, its not dubstep, its not grimey, its more right than left. Just funky beats, soulful vocals and nice vibes. That's almost old school these days!
The Killer Meters can and they have. This 12" adds to their formidable array of styles.
Californian producer and B-boy DJ Zeph has been a fan of the Breakin Bread sound for years and as soon as he got a promo copy of the album he called up and almost begged to do an edit of "Rainbow Of Love". His edit is a take on the rock/dance sound that is so big on West Coast USA right now. He brings the drums to the fore, extends the build up and strips the rest of the track right down to the basics. Proper b-boy ish!
Breakin Bread's other funk band Color Climax couldn't resist doing a full funk remix. Their mix takes the disco out and adds the full flavoured funk. Deep basslines and some crafty vocal chops give the track a whole new feel for those who prefer their funk to four to the floor disco.
Virgil Howe is the drummer and producer behind the Killer Meters and he gives us the last two mixes. The disco version takes the Atmosphere break and twists it beautifully. The breaks mix digs into the b-boy disco vaults to produce a megamix.
All songs have been tried and tested on the Breakin Bread dancefloor and they all get the crowd proper hyped. It's time to let some other people get their hands on these mixes!
- DJ Zeph Edit
- Original Re-Edit
- Color Climax Funk Mix
- Virgil Howe Disco Mix
- Virgil Howe Breaks Mix
The Killer Meters first emerged in 2005 with a stunning album of Meters covers and since then they've taken on the fantabulous Karime Kendra as a full time vocalist. This lady is a true phenomenon. Her amazing voice and electric stage presence is a family tradition. Her mother is the Northern Soul legend, Ty Karim, but Miss Kendra has more than earned her own formidable reputation. She's now rightfully regarded as one of the UK's best yet still relatively unknown soul mistresses. Her appearances on the Killer Meters first album drew a heap of plaudits and led to a lot of collaborations, most recently on Shawn Lee's underground smash album "Soul In The Hole" (Ubiquity Records).
The forthcoming album showcases her at the top of her game and this single is a little teaser showing the styles she can attune that fine voice of hers to.
The Killer Meters were originally the brainchild of Virgil Howe aka Sparo a producer DJ who has released a number of mix CD's and albums on Scenario Records and a stalwart on the former London pirate institution Itch FM. Their first album led to 4 years of heavy gigging and sessions with other bands. The almost constant gigging and playing led to them being perhaps the tightest funk outfit in the British Isles and also helped them develop their own sound. The first single from their new album was released in late 2008 and gave a taster of the psych/funk/fuzz/rock sound they've made their own. In 2009 the album finally dropped and since then the band have been so in demand for gigs all over the UK and Europe that they've hardly had time to breathe.
Watch out for The Killer Meters over the festival season and then expect some new material towards the end of the year.
You can check The Killer Meters at www.myspace.com/thekillermetersfunk