26th February sees, Canadian 8-piece collective, Busty and the Bass, share their new single “Baggy Eyed Dopeman” featuring legendary founder of Parliament/Funkadelic George Clinton. Clinton blesses the track withunfettered interstellar psychedelic funkiness like only he can. Producer Neal Pogue, who has recently worked on numerous iterations of modern funk and jazz [Tyler The Creator, DRAM, KAYTRANADA, Anderson .Paak], took the band under his wing and helped draw a line from the explosive Parliament-esque chorus to the genre-bending soul and R&B of OutKast’s The Love Below (which earned Pogue a Grammy Award for his mixing and engineering). The result is a joyous, bouncy single that carries the torch of its forebears. Busty and the Bass have officially signed to indie record label, Arts & Crafts, home to Broken Social Scene, Frazey Ford, BADBADNOTGOOD and more.

The octet, Nick Ferraro [vocals, alto sax], Evan Crofton a.k.a. Alistair Blu [vocals, keys, synths], Scott Bevins [trumpet], Chris Vincent [trombone], Louis Stein [guitar], Milo Johnson [bass], Eric Haynes [keys, piano], and Julian Trivers [drums] — score nostalgic lyrical ruminations with a soundscape of simmering soul, fiery funk, spirited rock, hypnotic hip-hop, and artful R&B. 

The multinational band met during their first week as students in the jazz program at McGill University back in 2011. Beginning as an instrumental act, they capitalized on any and every gig they could, taking $100 for a three-hour set or exchanging tunes for wine and hors d’oeuvres at a cocktail party. They went on to drop a pair of EPs—GLAM [2015] and LIFT [2016]—before unveiling 2017’s full-length debut, Uncommon Good. In addition to packing houses on headline tours, they graced the stages of international festivals such as Made in America, Osheaga, Pinkpop, Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Great Escape, Ottawa Bluesfest and Rifflandia, playing alongside the likes of Radiohead, Anderson .Paak, and Lana Del Rey

The band have toured the UK three times with multiple stops in markets like London (Jazz Cafe, Camden Assembly), Manchester and Leeds. Those tours have included festival appearances at 2Q Festival (Lincoln), Great Escape Festival (Brighton) and performing on the BBC Introduction stage in Reading.

UK tour dates soon to be announced.

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