The Budos Band

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The Budos Band
OriginStaten Island, New York, United States
GenresAfrobeat, funk, jazz, soul, afro-soul, psychedelic rock
Years active2005 – present
LabelsDaptone Records
Associated actsAntibalas, Menahan Street Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, Lee Fields & The Expressions, C.R.

The Budos Band is an instrumental band recording on the Daptone Records label. The band has nine members (with occasional guests) who on their first studio albums, played instrumental music that was self-described as "Afro-Soul," a term and sound which - in a 2007 interview - baritone saxophone player Jared Tankel elucidated as being drawn from Ethiopian music the band had been listening to that had a soul undercurrent to it, which the band then "sprinkled a little bit of sweet 60's stuff on top" of.[1] Since this time, the band has moved toward playing what they refer to as "70's Psychedelic Instrumental Music."[2]

Jazz, deep funk, Afro-beat, soul and heavy-metal influences can be heard in the Budos Band recordings, all of which were released on Daptone Records and recorded at the label's own studio, Daptone's House of Soul, in Brooklyn, New York. Though they reside in Brooklyn The Budos Band have toured most of North America, Several countries in Europe and parts of Australia.


Studio albums[edit]

Album Label Catalog No. Year of Release Available formats
The Budos Band Daptone Records DAP-005 2005 CD, LP, iTunes
The Budos Band II Daptone Records DAP-011 2007 CD, LP, iTunes
The Budos Band III Daptone Records DAP-020 2010 CD, LP (w/digital download coupon), MP3, FLAC
Burnt Offering Daptone Records DAP-034 2014 CD, LP (w/digital download coupon), MP3, FLAC
Budos Band V Daptone Records DAP-057 2019 CD, LP (w/digital download coupon), MP3, FLAC


Title Label Catalog No. Year of Release Available formats
The Budos Band EP Daptone Records DAP-12002 2009 CD, 12" (w/digital download coupon)
The Shape of Mayhem to Come (Recorded Live at the Grey Eagle, Halloween 2015) Daptone Records DAP-1205 2016 12" (single sided - etched vinyl), MP3, FLAC


Title Label Catalog No. Format
The Budos Band - Up From the South b/w T.I.B.W.F. Daptone Records DAP-1023 7"
The Budos Band - The Proposition b/w Ghost Walk Daptone Records DAP-1027 7"
The Poets of Rhythm/The Budos Band - More Mess on My Thing b/w Budos Theme Freestyle Records FSR7024 7"
The Budos Band/Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Day Tripper b/w Money Daptone Records DAP-1050 (Record Store Day 2010 release) 7"
The Budos Band - Kakal b/w Hidden Hand Daptone Records DAP-1051-P(promotional copy) *limited press of 800 7"
The Budos Band - Burnt Offering b/w Seizure Daptone Records DAP-1085 *included limited press of 100 color 7"
The Budos Band - Magus Mountain b/w Vertigo Daptone Records DAP-1088 *included limited press of 100 color 7"
The Budos Band - Maelstrom b/w Avalanche Daptone Records DAP-1099 7"

Other appearances[edit]

"Up From the South" is featured in a commercial for the NFL Network (2013).

"T.I.B.W.F." is featured in a series of commercials for 1800 Tequila and in the sixth episode of This American Life.

"The Chicago Falcon (Remix)" is featured on Wale's fourth mixtape, The Mixtape About Nothing (2008).

"Budos Rising" and "The Proposition" are featured in MLB 09: The Show and MLB 10: The Show, respectively, for PlayStation consoles.

"King Charles" is featured in episode 37 of the HBO TV series Entourage ("Manic Monday," Season 3).

"Origin of Man," "Up From The South," "T.I.B.W.F." and "Hidden Hand" are featured in the movie New York, I Love You (2009).

"Mas o Menos", "Ride or Die" and "Scorpion" are featured on the fictional radio station "Daptone Radio" in the game Sleeping Dogs by United Front Games and Square Enix London. (2012)

"The Volcano Song" is featured in the documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale (2009).

"The Sticks" is featured in the background of a trailer for Destiny's Dark Below DLC. (2014)

"Say Amen (Saturday Night)" by Panic! At The Disco features an interpolation Of Aphasia off of the album Burnt Offering.

Band members[edit]

The first album, The Budos Band, includes special guest appearances by:


  1. ^ "The Budos Band Invade the Interface". Spinner. Retrieved September 21, 2007.
  2. ^ "The Budos Band | Facebook". Retrieved 2016-08-17.

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