Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
The Budos Band is a gang of multi-instrumentalists hailing from Staten Island that made a splash in the mid 2000s thanks to deep funk revivalists Daptone Records. Like label mates and fellow NYC brethren Antibalas, Budos Band offer their own spin on 70s Fela. In all fairness, it's not even afro-beat per se. They set up like Africa 70, but musically it's straight up American r+b/funk horn arrangements with latin and african rhythms. Their 2005 self-titled debut put them on the map as a force to be reckoned with, anchored by the ubiquitous heavy funk instrumental "Up from the South" (b-boys rejoice.). The whole album is along those lines and a solid listen. Budos Band still play out to this day and have released 4 albums altogether including 2014's Burnt Offering.