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Knotty Bits

by Chris Bottomley

Reggae, funk, electronica & pop songs in a bass-heavy style
Genre: Pop: with Live-band Production
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Belize City Bakin'
5:42 $0.99
2. World of Dreams
4:55 $0.99
3. Full Circle
4:30 $0.99
4. Floating & Drifting
5:07 $0.99
5. African Head Dub
3:20 $0.99
6. Let's Get Together
6:07 $0.99
7. My Heart Beating
5:22 $0.99
8. Sample the Potion
5:19 $0.99
9. Hanging to the Riverbank
4:36 $0.99
10. Brazilian Thunder Throb
5:40 $0.99
11. Spider Woman
9:19 $0.99
12. Trouble Makin' Freak
4:05 $0.99
13. Belize City Bakin' in Dub
6:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
"KNOTTY BITS" is the third CD release from Canadian singer and bass player Chris Bottomley. Hailing from the colonial confines of Toronto, Chris has been on the indie scene since the 80's makin' music to move your feet heart and soul! This new CD expands on the '94 release "BRAINFUDGE" musically and lyrically but is a more personal record dealing with the universal themes of brotherhood, love, hope and betrayal.

From the joyfull reggae of "Belize City Bakin'", the brotherfunk of "Full Circle", the tropical "Floating and Drifting" to the popish "Hanging to the Riverbank" and love-torn "My Heart Beating" this record delivers on all levels to get your groove movin' and your soul shinin' and propels you further with the djembe/electronica/world driven "African Head Dub" and "Brazilian Thunder Throb".

Three years in the making, "Knotty Bits" features well known Toronto horn players Rich Underhill and Bryden Baird as well as keyboard maestro Jono Grant. Three drummers (Dean Stone/Mike Goodridge/Davide Lorenzo) rounds out the lineup.

Chris Bottomley’s latest combines every style short of classical to come up with the sweet summery sound that vodka coolers were invented for. Heavy on reggae, latin and percussion, this album is never short on variety. Bottomley is a bassist first, so the songs are rooted in a groovy rhythm that never lets the melody or the lyrics stray too far. It’s for people who are sick of the spaced-out trust fund brats at Dave Mathews shows but who haven’t yet figured out Pat Metheny.
Brent Raynor NOW MAGAZINE/June 19-25, 2003

"This record is a scorcher"
David Cintron - WPRK usa

"Great rhythms, strong artistry, excellent production and tight arrangements. Chris Bottomly is without peer."
rankin -

"This is a must have album and has been rated 10 out of 10 on the jazz syndicate radio new releases show ,,,,, well done!"
Marky Mark - Jazz syndicate radio



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The sweet summery sound that vodka coolers were invented for.
Chris Bottomley's latest combines every style short of classical to come up with the sweet summery sound that vodka coolers were invented for.Heavy on Reggae, Latin and percussion, this album is never short on variety. Bottomley is a bassist first, so the songs are rooted in a groovy rhythm that never lets the melody or lyrics stray too far. It's for people who are sick of the spaced out trust-fund brats at Dave Mathews shows but who haven't yet figured out Pat Metheney.

Chris M. Slawecki - 2005

Knotty Bits
Chris Bottomley | Partly Bent

He's from Toronto, but with titles such as “African Head Dub,” “Brazilian Thunder Throb,” “Belize City Bakin',” and the geographically ambiguous “World of Dreams,” this third release from producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Chris Bottomley reflects an international musical vision.
“Belize City Bakin'” strolls you down a colorful reggae lane with easy-to-remember lyrics set to a catchy tune; you're serenaded in the bridge by trumpet and flute, then warmly toasted all over with a crisp horn chart. The set-ending “Belize City Bakin' in Dub” twists and fires up more heady, psychedelic stuff.
The cool instrumental “African Head Dub” opens with the thump of hand percussion and an insistent buzzing bassline that drives its rhythm and melody home. “Brazilian Thunder Throb,” its complement, adds horns and scat vocalese that joyously skirts the melody.
Bottomley plays almost everything—bass, acoustic guitar, percussion, djembe, jews' harp—and sings. When he teams with Jono Grant, who contributes guitar, piano and other keyboards and percussion, the two leave almost no instrument on the shelf. The pair co-produced “Trouble Makin' Freak” and “Hanging to the Riverbank,” tightly arranged large ensemble funk flowing full of sophistication and style, two of Bottomley's best.
Bottomley stretches further out on “Sample the Potion” and “Spider Woman.” The lead horn chart in ”Potion” is one of his best melodies, and the snare drum accents one beat early to move its rhythm continuously forward. “Spider Woman” also swaggers with a cool blue-tinged horn chart, saxophone cooing through the breaks, creepin' bassline, and wah-wah synthesizer funk, while the drum maintains its impeccable ride across the cymbal—the purposeful undulations of a murderously cool and attractive femme fatale.
Bottomley and Grant are joined by drummers Dean Stone, Davide Lorenzo, and Mike Goodridge, brass and wind players Rick Underhill, Jim Bish, and Bryden Baird, Andru Branch on Hammond B-3 organ, Ken Myhr on guitar, moog and mellotron, and guitarist Moose (Tomas). Though their musicianship is unquestionable, the stars of this set are Bottomley's jazzy pop songs.
~ Chris M. Slawecki - Senior Editor, January 2005