London-based Family Atlantica are a lively, funky bunch of musicians whose diverse musical melting pot combines a multitude of styles. Ranging from Latin to African, this sound also fuses together elements of funk, jazz and Ethio-jazz,( with the great Mulatu Astatke a guest on their 2013 debut album).
Forming in Hackney over three years ago this explosive ensemble consists of: Producer and multi-instrumental director, Jack Yglesias (also a core member of the underground pysch-jazz-funk unit The Heliocentrics), Venezuelan vocalist Luzmira Zerpa, Nigerian/Ghanaian Kwame ‘natural power’ Crentsil on percussion as well as Adrian Owusu on guitar.
Their music, as described by the band, explores “the relationship, the love and the pain, between Europe, South America and Africa,” and with their fantastic second album on its way it is clear to see that this explorative journey is only just beginning!
‘Cosmic Unity’ is due out this May via Soundway Records and looks set to be every bit as varied as their debut album, with psychedelic Ethio-funk, calypso, scorching equatorial jazz and afro-Atlantic dance rhythms all fusing together quite wonderfully.
Led by a big brass section and a steel-drum, ‘Enjera’ jaunts across a funky groove of percussive jazz-funk, I love this sound! Listen above.
‘Cosmic Unity’ releases on 13th May and can be bought from here