FUNKE AND THE TWO TONE BABY SHARES NEW SINGLE: “CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC”
FUNKE AND THE TWO TONE BABY
SHARES NEW SINGLE:
“CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC”
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TAKEN FROM NEW ALBUM:
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“The one-man busker armed with a battered acoustic guitar and a bank of electronics is cranking up a holy roller groove and the audience is going wild… huge compulsive electronic funk grooves […] mesh perfectly with the acoustic-driven neo busking anthems.” – Louder Than War
One man army – FUNKE AND THE TWO TONE BABY – has shared “Can’t Stop The Music”, the latest single to be taken from his forthcoming album ‘Reacclimate’ (due 20 October).
A buzzy summertime sing-a-long that fuses lolloping blues rhythms with an infectious poppy chorus hook, “Can’t Stop The Music” feels as though it was plucked right from a far-flung festival corner and channels the wholesome optimism associated with sticky, sunny days and tents filled with music fans.
As Funke and the Two Tone Baby explains:
“”Can’t Stop The Music” is my feel-good summer hit. I gave it its first proper airing at Glastonbury 2023, and hearing a whole field singing this (as then) unknown song back at me full pelt was one of the greatest feelings I’ve had this year.”
Prominently featuring Oxfordshire’s finest guerilla group vocalists, The Funkettes, the uplifting call-and-response of ‘I’m the best version of me that’s existing’ between Funke and his adept backing singers emphasises the cloud-busting character of self-belief and self-positivity that ultimately defines “Can’t Stop The Music”. As Funke adds:
“The track’s final hook resonated heavily with the group, as well as with live audiences over the summer. “Can’t Stop The Music” is my ode to unbridled and wholehearted positivity. In the times when you’re the most sad, deflated and defeated, music is the one thing that will never stop, can never be taken away from you and, if you use it correctly, can change the mood of your entire day.”
Combining electric elements including manipulated drum machines, synth and DJ effect triggers, Funke’s distinctive sound meshes them seamlessly with the more organic sounds of acoustic guitar, blues harmonica and powerful vocal dexterity with sharp, poetic, socially conscious lyrics. With “Can’t Stop The Music” following earlier single “Shake It Up” in paving the way for his forthcoming album ‘Reacclimate’, the artist’s output has been fully updated, perfectly captured and re-invigorated across the new 10-track record.
Funke’s first album in five years, ‘Reacclimate’ was born following a tour with Dutty Moonshine Big Band last year. Having held his own on-stage against the 12-piece goliath group, he was introduced to their in-house producer DJ Binge and the pair quickly struck up a fruitful working relationship in the studio together. Funke explains:
“I’ve been making live dance music for a long while but to finally get into the studio with a dance producer has been a dream come true. We’ve really leaned heavily into fat dance beats and wubby basslines. I really think the results are unreal and, although this record is unrelentingly powerful, there’s some real beautiful, tender moments in there too.”
As a whole ‘Reacclimate’ is a thematic reflection of Funke’s own growth and re-invention. Touching on the world post-Covid, his own personal journey following the sudden loss of his partner to cancer, and the determination to come back into the world fighting, the new record weaves its way through blues, funk, big-beat and heartbreaking love songs. The artist adds:
“Considering the turmoil I (and all of us) have gone through these last few years, I was determined not to make a depressing album. Of course, these subjects are heavily touched upon, but I’ve attempted to pull the lightness from even the darkest of times. This is an album of positivity and the unwavering belief that life, society and grief will inevitably improve even if the odds seem against you.”
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Funke and the Two Tone Baby has been existing on the periphery of the grassroots circuit for over a decade. Snowballing his way across the festival circuit and beyond, his set at 2022’s Beautiful Days Festival attracted the largest ever opening crowd in the event’s history.
With 2023 fast becoming the year that this one-man band truly makes his mark, Funke and the Two Tone Baby has appeared at over 20 major festivals this summer including Boomtown, Camp Bestival, Boardmasters, 2000 Trees and more. He also played his 1000th show to-date at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, with his set on the Greenpeace stage featured on both Channel 4 News and in the Guardian Guide as one of the Top 6 Picks for the Thursday.
Fresh off the back of his non-stop start to the year and with his album launch show at the renowned Ramsgate Music Hall selling out in a matter of days, Funke will also be heading out on a 12-date tour across the UK this November. Full dates and details below.
UK LIVE DATES 2023
OCTOBER 20 RAMSGATE Ramsgate Music Hall [SOLD OUT]
NOVEMBER 08 SHEFFIELD Yellow Arch 09 LEEDS Hyde Park Book Club 10 GLASGOW Hug & Pint 11 CARLISLE The Source Collective 15 CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach 16 BRISTOL The Jam Jar 17 SOUTHAMPTON Joiners 18 HASTINGS The Brass 22 LONDON Paper Dress Vintage 23 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds 24 EXETER Bomba!