Stuff I Missed: Ikebe Shakedown

Kings Left Behind | Ikebe Shakedown

Ikebe Shakedown-Kings Left Behind

Tracklist:
1. Not Another Drop
2. Unqualified
3. The Witness
4. Mary’s Corner
5. Horses
6. Hammer Into Anvil
7. Over My Head
8. No Going Back
9. Kings Left Behind
10. Not Another Drop (Reprise)

SOMEHOW, and I mean that, because I am big fans of these dudes, this album flew under my radar.  I knew of a slew of single releases over the past year or two, but wasn’t fully aware of the album release.  Honestly it may be their best effort to date imo.  I’m sad I missed it.  Press release below.

“Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper into combining the primal elements of 70s soul, raw psychedelic style, and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and soaring melodies. Now, with their new release, Kings Left Behind (Colemine Records), the band is giving listeners more mystery and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group collaborating to produce tracks that deliver punches right to the gut, even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string arrangements capture the imagination.

The album was recorded by Ikebe’s bassist, Vince Chiarito, at Hive Mind Recording. Opened with Ikebe’s saxophonist, Mike Buckley, and another collaborator in 2017, Hive Mind has become a home base for the band, leading to more experimentation with the textures and sounds of a genre they define as Instrumental Soul.”

Anyway y’all know the routine, I missed something that I would’ve otherwise featured!

check out more reviews of the album here and here, it is fire!

About spinladen

DJ at KWVA University of Oregon campus radio, record collector, artist.
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