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Friday, Aug 07 2009 | 12:48 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

5643After The Dynamics, Metropolitan Jazz Affair, and Mr President, master of musical ubiquity Bruno ‘Patchworks’ Hovart proudly presents Uptown Funk Empire, a burning tribute to one of his all time greatest loves: funk.

Bruno Hovart started releasing records in the mid-90’s with deep house, disco live bands and various electronic projects. He quickly developed very special skills for vintage disco/funk productions with artists such as Amp Fiddler, Archie Shepp, Mr Day, Paul Randolph and more, for many recording labels such as Favorite Recordings, Infracom, or Further Out, just to name a few.

Uptown Funk Empire is an exciting and ambitious project, worthy of its name. While the first album is simply named “The Empire Strikes Back”, it’s not a joke. Forget the whole revival thing, this sounds like an actual rebirth of the real funky stuff. It’s like being back to the better days of funk without using a time travelling machine! The vibe is vintage but the sound is fresh! This is not funky music, this is FUNKY MUSIC! The album is huge and it covers all the golden age groove styles: boogaloo, soul, disco, boogie, funk, but the music flows in the hands of a gifted modern producer.

Bruno ‘Patchworks’ Hovart plays bass, keyboards, computers handling with love all composition, programming, arrangements, and vocals. With brillant vocal features by Juan Rozoff, Brit soul legend Noel McKoy, high-voltage divas Ange and Janice, and the funky soul brother Bruno Hovart himself it’s pure funkiness! “The Empite Strikes Back” … so get up and dance!


01. The Empire Strikes Back
02. Boogie
03. N.O.W. feat. Juan Rozoff
04. We Stand At The Back of The Bus feat. Janice & Ange
05. You’ve Got To Have Freedom feat. Janice & Ange
06. Keep On Givin’ It Up
07. No One Gonna Stop Us Now feat. Noel Mc Koy
08. Take You Out (Interlude)
09. I’m A Manchild
10. I Guess That You Don’t Mind feat. JRM
11. Celestial Blues feat. Ange
12. Good Time (Bye Bye Mr Dynamite)
13. Please Mr Postman
14. Walkin Like The Ginger
15. I used to Spend My Time
16. The Empire Strikes Back Outro

The album Uptown Funk EmpireThe Empire Strikes Back” (Soulab) is going to be released September 04, 2009.

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