WORDPLAY PREMIERE – Riot Jazz Brass Band – Merkin’

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Are you ready to get funky?!
Well it’s Friday, and we at Wordplay think you deserve a little Funk to start the weekend in style, and what better way than a WORLD PREMIERE of the brand new track from the Man’Chattan based 9-Piece horn demons The Riot Jazz Brass Band. Formed in 2008, RJBB fuse together funk, soul, hip-hop and aggressive jazz. The group have been a natural extension of the hugely popular Riot Jazz nights that take place in London, Manchester and Liverpool, which are stalwart of the live music scene in their own right.

Fronted by MC Chunky, and headed up by the jazz gangsta that is Nick Walters, the guys have been ripping up stages including Glastonbury, Soundwave, Big Chill, Womad, Bestival and many more, and have supported equally insanely talented rabbles including Dizzee Rascal, The Wailers, Chase N Status and many more. Before we go any further, check out their 2013 release Corn On The Cob to whet your appetite:

Appetite whet? Well, i shall proceed….
The fellas have readied a brand new album to follow on from their instrumental debut album Sousamaphone! . Their new offering, entitled Incoming which is due for release on 6th November.

We are proud to present Merkin’. The first single from the new album that has already been in heavy rotation 6 Music. This chunk of Funk has a driving horn rhythm than is reminiscent of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at their best. The track effortlessly moves between slick horn riffs, until MC Chunky jumps on the mic and the track takes a bass heavy sound, with the constant driving sound of Steve Pycroft’s drums keeping the pace. The chant about 2/3’s of the way into the track is something that you can see a crowd going wild for on a live set. Riot Jazz Brass Band are built for live performance, much live the other innovative Brass bands that have emerged over the last few years, rocking crowd across Europe.

We love this track, we hope you do too, and be sure to check back in with Wordplay for a full review of the album in the coming weeks.

So, here it is. ahead of the official single release on October 23rd, Wordplay Magazine presents, the OFFICIAL PREMIERE of the Riot Jazz Brass Band – Merkin’ featuring MC Chunky!!!!….

Also, if Soundcloud isn’t enough, and you have a need to scratch that funky itch, be sure to check out the guys blisteringly hot live show, which is rolling round the UK very soon. Check out the latest tour dates below….
03/10/15 Leeds – The Wardrobe
07/10/15 London – Jazz Café
23/10/15 Manchester – Gorilla

And here’s their online bits n bobs to check out more from the nine-piece badmen!

words by
James Kennaby