“Brownout may well be Grupo Fantasma’s psychedelic Latin funk alter-ego, an offshoot of the collective that regularly backs Prince, its latest incarnation, or even its alter ego. What they are not is the sprawling conjunto’s side project. Brownout has taken Grupo Fantasma’s funk roots and blown them up. In the process they’ve taken on a life and developed a unique sound all their own.”
“Coming all the way from Austin, Texas, Oozy is the third album released by the Latin funk band Brownout. This production has been embraced by the Nat Geo Music label, which says a lot about the kind of music Brownout has incorporated into this album. If you close your eyes, you kind of feel like in a Tarantino movie.”
Before forming the Latin rock/salsa band Grupo Fantasma, guitarists Adrian Quesada and Beto Martinez, bassist Greg Gonzalez, trumpeter Gilbert Elorreaga, sax player Josh Levy, trombonist Leo Gauna, drummer Johnny Lopez, and conguero Matthew “Sweet Lou” Holmes were all in an Austin, Texas, funk band called the Blimp. In 2003, shortly before Grupo’s Movimiento Popular came out, Quesada suggested starting up a funk outfit again, mostly with the intention of simply playing covers and having fun. Culling inspiration from groups like Santana, Earth, Wind & Fire, and P-Funk, and calling themselves Brownout, the octet members realized they sounded good enough to release a 7″ in 2005 on England’s Freestyle Records, a single that ended up doing so well — and garnering so many follow-up requests — that soon a 12″ was issued too.
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