Beat Funktion

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Beat Funktion
BEAT FUNKTION 2010..jpg
Jon Eriksson, Daniel Lantz, Pal Johnson, Johan Öijen och Karl Olandersson. Sitting: Olle Thunström.
Background information
OriginUppsala, Stockholm, Sweden
Genres
Years active
  • 2007–present
Labels
Associated actsViktoria Tolstoy, Alicia Olatuja, Damon Elliott, Jasmine Kara, Sani Gamedze, Claes Janson, Matilda Gratte, Rebecca Laakso, Adée, Deodato Siquir
Websitewww.beatfunktion.se
MembersKarl Olandersson
Olle Thunström
Johan Öijen
Daniel Lantz
Pal Johnson
Jon Eriksson

Beat Funktion is a Swedish jazz fusion band. The band's music is a mix of jazz, funk, R&B, disco, soul and afro-beat, fundamentally instrumental but occasionally with vocal guest performers. The band consists of the six members Karl Olandersson on trumpet, Olle Thunstrom on tenor sax, Johan Oijen on electric guitar, Daniel Lantz on keyboards, Pal Johnson on electric bass and Jon Eriksson on drums. Daniel Lantz writes the majority of the band's music.[1]

The band has released six albums, five of which have received international acclaim outside of the band's native Sweden and high list placements on radio charts in the United States and Canada. The group's third album Voodooland was licensed to Japanese label P-Vine[2] and also hit #1 on the American CMJ Jazz Charts for three consecutive weeks, becoming the ninth most played jazz album on those charts in 2014.[3] The band was signed to management by Las Vegas-based agency Eggman Global Artists[4] and consequently toured the US between Chicago and Los Angeles in the fall of 2014. Their fourth album Mandy's Secret became a first collaboration with rock producer Mats Björke, known from rock group Mando Diao.[5] It hit #1 on the Canadian Earshot Charts, #2 on the American charts where it lingered for 21 weeks.[6] Even their fifth album Olympus hit #1 on the Canadian charts, hit #2 on the American charts and presented guest artists South African singer Sani Gamedze and Swedish singer Rebecca Laakso, as well as American rapper Damon Elliott (Dionne Warwick's son, Grammy-winning performer and producer of pop artists Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Pink a o).[7] Olympus, a concept album based on Greek mythology, became the 12th most played jazz album on the CMJ Jazz Charts in 2015[8] and was nominated in four categories for the Scandinavian Soul Music[9] Awards 2016: Best Band, Best Album, Best Producers (Daniel Lantz & Mats Bjorke) and Best Newcomer.[10]

The band's sixth album Green Man, the fourth collaboration with Mats Bjorke, saw a Swedish release in the fall of 2016 and another in the US, Canada and the rest of the world in the spring of 2017, and featured several guest vocalists:[11] Viktoria Tolstoy,[12] Jasmine Kara,[13][14] Damon Elliott,[15] Claes Janson,[16] Matilda Gratte[17] (Swedish Idol 2014), Adée,[18] Alicia Olatuja[19] and Deodato Siquir.[20] Three instrumentals that never fit onto the album were released as separate digital singles in the spring of 2017.

After a two-year hiatus, the band is working on their seventh album Roots which is to be released in the fall of 2019 in connection with a release tour in Sweden, Austria and Germany. The album is completely instrumental and is the fifth collaboration with Mats Björke.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BEAT FUNKTION : OFFICIAL WEBSITE". BEAT FUNKTION : OFFICIAL WEBSITE. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  2. ^ "BEAT FUNKTION - アーティスト情報 - P-VINE, Inc". p-vine.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  3. ^ "Do Music Records". Do Music Records. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  4. ^ "Eggman Global". eggmanglobal.com. Archived from the original on 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  5. ^ "Mats Björke lämnar Mando Diao". dt.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  6. ^ "Do Music Records". Do Music Records. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  7. ^ "Do Music Records". Do Music Records. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  8. ^ "Do Music Records". Do Music Records. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  9. ^ "Scandinavian Soul". scandinaviansoul.com. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  10. ^ Collins, Andy. "SSMA 2016 WINNERS ANNOUNCED". scandinaviansoul.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  11. ^ "Do Music Records". Do Music Records. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  12. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-10-01), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 3/9 : Viktoria Tolstoy, retrieved 2017-03-15
  13. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-11-10), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 6/9 : Jasmine Kara, retrieved 2017-03-15
  14. ^ "Intervju med Jasmine Kara inför Melodifestivalen - Popmuzik". popmuzik.se (in Swedish). Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  15. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-10-27), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 5/9 : Damon Elliott, retrieved 2017-03-15
  16. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-12-15), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 9/9 : Claes Janson, retrieved 2017-03-15
  17. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-12-01), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 8/9 : Matilda Gratte, retrieved 2017-03-15
  18. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-10-13), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 4/9 : Adée, retrieved 2017-03-15
  19. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-09-15), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 2/9 : Alicia Olatuja, retrieved 2017-03-15
  20. ^ BEAT FUNKTION (2016-11-25), BEAT FUNKTION - EXPLORING "GREEN MAN" PART 7/9 : Deodato Siquir, retrieved 2017-03-15

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