JUST BANKS & K-SUN > Bust a move

Media | EP - Vinil
Style | Electro

Released | Nov '07


Just Banks aka Joko13 lives and works in Linz/Austria.

He began his musical career in 1994 by founding a local Hip Hop project. Later on he started DJing and took the road from Drum´n´Bass to Techno, House and Breakbeats.

By having a fancy for many different genres and playing nationwide gigs Just Banks rapidly gathered experience and his sets are now like a sure shot for the demanding party crowd.

In 2004 he launched the netlabel Comatronic which soon gained a high reputation in the netaudio community and minimal techno scene.

With his productions and dj sets being caught in a crossfire of influences, they always represent a well selected and party-approved blend of different styles, tempos and grooves.

Just Banks is a long-time musical companion of Marcus F├╝reder aka Parov Stelar and in 2006 he engaged the talents of the San Francisco based duo Blaktroniks, who came up with the catchy vocals for his first release on Etage Noir entitled 360 Degrees.

At the moment he is working on his first longplayer for Etage Noir that will be out in early 2008. Before that, two brand new vinyl singles will hit the stores, one of which is a wicked uptempo party funk breaker called "Bust A Move" (featuring K-Sun aka MC Kemo from the Evocators!). The 12" will be released November 2007.

Source: JB website


CD released : OCT '07


Ophir "Kutiman" Kutiel is a newcomer from Tel Aviv. The afro beat anthem "No Groove Where I Come From" caught the attention of MPM and people like Gilles Peterson or Diplo. His first album is just phenomenal music touching afro beat, west indian grooves, psychedelic funk and soul.

Ophir "Kutiman" Kutiel is a 25 year old musician, composer and producer from Tel Aviv. He plays drums, keyboards, guitar and bass. His music draws influences from afro beat, psychedelic rock, funk and reggae but in different way than most disciples of Fela and Mr. Brown have done before him. Clever heads may even spot some Special AKA, Chocolate Watchband or the pre-historic drum-machine Sly Stone introduced on "There's A Riot Goin' On".

Believe it or not, it was only five years ago, that Kutiman was introduced to the music of Fela Kuti and James Brown, through his friend and now musical partner DJ Sabbo.

"The fact that Sabbo introduced me to the amazing world of funk and afrobeat simply changed my life" says Kuti, who today is an integral part of the small but growing groove scene in Tel Aviv. Music-fans may have heard about the local rave scene but most people think about the Middle East conflict and the pain and suffering that it brings to the lifes of all people living in the region, when they think of Israel's second biggest city. Kutiman's first single "No Groove Where I Come From" with Elran Dekel on vocals was his comment on being a musician in Tel Aviv. "There are some great and gifted musicians in Tel Aviv, but the scene is so small we could all meet up in my room" he explains.

The reactions on "No Groove Where I Come From" were simply phenomenal. Tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Diplo and Roskow (Jazzanova) were instantly hooked, the Parisien afrobeat community welcomed Kutiman with open arms and and "Straight No Chaser" magazine dubbed him "Psychedelic space funk architect". But once you listen to Kutiman's whole album, you realise that afrobeat is only one shade of Kuti's kaleidoscopic sound. From Westindian grooves and easy listening to rock and soul and even pop there are no barriers.

Elran Dekel (lead singer of Funk'n'stein), Karolina (Funset) and Chaka Moon are sharing vocal duties, Dotan "Sangit" Segal and Idan K are playing percussions and the whole Funk'n'stein brass section (Shlomi Alon, Yair Slutzki, Sefi Zisling) is featured too. And it was Kuti's longtime friend and production partner in various other projects, Ronen Sabbo, who helped mixing the album.

Source: KUTIMAN website