The Pimps of Joytime
Janxta Funk! (Wonderwheel Recordings, 2011)
Brooklyn (New York) band The Pimps of Joytime have released one of the best albums of the summer of 2011, Janxta Funk!. The band plays a mix of irresistible roots funk, Afrobeat, Latin sounds (salsa, boogaloo, Latin jazz) and powerful rock.
I haven’t heard funk this good in years. The vocals are soulful and just right and the multi-instrumentalist musicianship is outstanding. I could have done without the rapping, which thankfully only appears briefly on two pieces. Aside from the traditional funk sounds, The Pimps of Joytime add innovative elements such as as vibraphone, Afro-Latin percussion and a few electronics.
The group is led by charismatic songwriter Brian J who sings and plays guitar, bass, keyboards and drums. He is joined on the album by skilled percussionist and vocalist Maytena Morales; percussionist Chauncey Yearwood; and many guests.
In 2005 Brian put together the band. The Pimps of Joytime is strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. They collaborated recently with Cyril and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and Roy Ayers.
Janxta Funk! is loaded with persuasive funk and global grooves for dancefloors everywhere
The Pimps of Joytime – Blues With You
Buy the album or MP3 downloads:
- In North America: Janxta Funk!. Other recordings available: Funk Fixes & Remixes
- In Europe: Janxta Funk!. Other recordings available: Funk Fixes & Remixes
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.