Les Jeux Sont Funk – “Spike Lee”
Les Jeux Sont Funk’s “Spike Lee” is a cinematic trip as uncompromising and creative as the director himself. Hailing from Trento, Italy, the group recorded the track in a baita, a traditional cabin in the Italian Alps owned by the family of their drummer Stefano’s for many generations. Despite scenic overlooks of green pastures and mountain tops that surrounded the recording session, their minds were wandering across the Atlantic Ocean and onto a Spike Lee set in Brooklyn.
The band recalls watching Spike Lee films since they were kids. Although they may not have understood nuances in their corner of the world, they appreciated the director’s sharp and colourful point of view. Fast forward to 2021 amidst an uprising on a quest for social and racial justice and that energy more is gripping and electrifying than ever. With a funky bassline as its core, the composition process was additive which each part supplementing the next. A complementary drum groove takes heed of D’Angelo’s “Voodoo” with piano, clavinet, horns, and guitar folded in. The evolving form gives the track an invigorating pace as the verse, bridge, chorus structure is repeated twice, but never in the same way.
As vinyl collectors and DJs, members of Les Jeux Sont Funk are always keeping their eyes out for new funk and soul release on vinyl and Color Red caught their eyes as the label behind The New Mastersounds’ latest studio effort “Shake It”. After digging around the roster, the band found other familiar faces such as Freekbass, Death by Dub, and went on to discover a cornucopia of new artists. This ripple effect of piquing curiosity followed by collaboration is a driver of Color Red’s mission to release music from artists from all over the globe and expand their progressive musical network.
Michele Bazzanella: bass guitar and sound effects
Stefano Malchiodi: drums
Carlo Nardi: electric guitar, keyboards, percussion instruments, tenor saxophone
Emiliano Tamanini : trumpet
Lorenzo Sighel: alto saxophone
Marco Pisoni: baritone saxophone
Maurizio Brugnara: acoustic piano
Produced by Les Jeux Sont Funk
Tracking engineers: Carlo Nardi and Michele Bazzanella @ SoundMusicProduction
Mixing engineer: Carlo Nardi @ SoundMusicProduction
Mastering engineer: Doug Krebs @ Doug Krebs Mastering
Label: Color Red