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Kutiman – kutiman

Posted on: July 22, 2008

Ophir Kutiel a.k.a. Kutiman from Tel Aviv is just 25 years old, but he incorporates James Brown and Sly Stone type funk beats, complete with sinewy wah-wah guitar licks and popping backbeats, in his soulful afrobeat creations like an old funk player from the 70s. The multi-instrumentalist, who impressively plays the majority of the instruments on the album and also plays drums in the moog funk group Koliphones from Tel Aviv, merges a contemporary mindset with the sounds and styles of funk and psychedelic lore throughout this melodically-rich album. To diversify his aesthetic, he draws a little bit of reggae into the fold as well, clearly moved by the time he spent in the Caribbean traveling and taking in the musical culture. Kutiman invited some of the greatest musicians from the Israeli scene, on three tracks Karolina is featured with her beautiful voice, frontwomen of the soulful reggae group Funset and part of the chart breaking trio Ha-Banot Nechama, which are real superstars in Israel. Also on three tracks is Elran Dekel featured, maybe a nobody to you, but he is the leadsinger of the Israeli funk band Funk’n’stein, attracting international attention. For the extra kick the whole Funk’n’stein brass section is featured too.

“There are some great and gifted musicians in Tel Aviv, but the scene is so small we could all meet up in my room” explains Kutiman, this small scene must be superb.

Music is ruling my world.

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5 Responses to "Kutiman – kutiman"

wow this music is great 🙂

hej hej, was kutiman unknown before to you? it is really a great record and it is a pleasure to introduce this fantastic musician to more people. if you like him, support the artist, the vinyl version of this record is very well done 🙂

This album is great, i´ll post it on my blog if you don´t mind…i got a couple of albums with similar music there…check them out: the diplomats of solid sound, rhythm funk masters and antibalas afrotbeat orchestra for instance…cheers

of course perucho

[…] a reader of urbanology you might know Kutiman already and his funky afro-beat clash from Tel Aviv. Kutiman now lifts sampling to a new level. He […]

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