a great release that somehow went under the/my radar. the cactus channel’s first full length album after some very good 45 releases
Hear that sound? Raw, loose and nasty funk, recorded straight to analogue tape. It’s just like the old days, but so new it’s sporting a badass teenage moustache.
Now that Melbourne funk sensations, The Cactus Channel, have graduated high school, they’re taking their own brand of high-octane, instrumental car chase funk and smooth soundtrack soul to the people with their debut, Haptics. On the road and on the airwaves, 2012 is the year The Cactus Channel come of age.
Back in 2009, the founding members of The Cactus Channel were already jamming on some classic soul feels, tripping on Eddie Bo, James Brown and their contemporaries, and using words like ‘boss’ and ‘cat’ while trying to make it through Year 10 in 21st Century Australia.
What began as experimentation as a junior stage band developed into outright insubordination in a senior jazz ensemble, and by 2011 The Cactus Channel were an out of control ten-piece funk orchestra with the momentum of a runaway train who could count The DapKings’ Tom Brenneck and soul legend Charles Walker as fans. From Triple J Unearthed in Australia, to FatBeats Records in NYC, people all over the place love this band.
The Cactus Channel deliver on all of their precocious promises with this super heavy full length debut LP. Haptics is chock full of deep funk, jazzed-up soul and boogaloo hits, all informed by a canny sense ofsoundtrack-ready drama, loaded with tight, hard grooves and one strong track after another.
The CactusChannel are ready to roll!
released in august 2012 the cactus channel – haptics is available now on hopestreet recordings cd, lp & mp3