Listening to this track it probably won’t come as any surprise to discover that this band were one of the most successful funk and soul groups of 60s and 70s Panama – and, that they were heavily influenced by the likes of James Brown! Funk just drips from every groove note they play!!
Hailing from Panama, Los Dinamicos Exciters (later known as just The Exciters) created a core sound that was centred around Latin soul and funk, but they also played boogaloo, calypso and ska! Led by drummer Horacio ‘Ray’ Adams, this band gained legendary status in their day and were booked solid for years! They took their what inspired them, blended it with their roots and what came out was a new strain of Latin funk!!
Issuing a handful of 45’s and a few LP’s in the late 1960’s-early 1970’s, today’s instrumental delight can be found on their self-titled debut, which was released in 1969 on Panamanian label, Loyola Records (this album has since been reissued – check that here).
Not every track on this record is is as heavy on the funk as Exciters Theme (more’s the pity), but it’s a pleasant listen and its definitely worth checking out the rest of their repertoire if you fancy digging out some more gems?
Exciters Theme is definitely a breed apart though, and has such a lovely contrasting softness/crispness between that striking horn melody and those slinky keys. It’s so sleek and silky!! Check it out above.