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the Seven Ups are a Melbourne based Afro Beat Band. Their label Northside records says
Local Melbourne 9 piece afro funk heroes THE SEVEN UPS have now released their second album DRINKING WATER on the magnificent Northside Records label.
Proudly displaying this Melbourne groove, Northside is very happy to showcase what we have in this town with this super funky sound.
Its follow up to 2015’s self-titled, the new record steps things up a notch with faster tunes, deeper grooves and just a bit more crunch.
The self-produced batch of 7 new tracks holds on to the bands established
sound of improvised solos over afro grooves, but this time there’s a shift in
focus to more complex arrangements and a tighter interplay between the
The album kicks off with an extended, unaccompanied sax solo (an
undeniable homage to Fela) played by the tracks namesake, Harry Cooper.
Tracks like The Aviator and 17hr Trip roll along at breakneck speed while Bello at Night is reminiscent of one of Fela’s slow jams, and Through the Dust explores the darker side of heavy groove. The album then closes with the 10 minute epic title track.
The album features original artwork by Bjenny Montero (Pond, Gum, Kurt Vile).."
Here is the youtube clip - a live version of a track off the album called "Through The Dust".
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