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A.M. Static

by Fdeluxe

Minneapolis Funk at it's finest. fDeluxe takes a collection of their favorite cover songs, and puts their spin on it.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fight the Power
4:00 album only
2. Baby Love
4:23 album only
3. Hush
4:56 album only
4. We Float
5:47 album only
5. Come Together
4:47 album only
6. Maybe Your Baby
5:19 album only
7. All by Myself
4:20 album only
8. Miss You
4:41 album only
9. If I'm Lucky I Might Get Picked Up
4:15 album only
10. Who Is He and What Is He to You
5:37 album only


Album Notes
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fDeluxe Show PosterWhen the Prince-produced outfit The Family debuted in 1985 with their first single “The Screams of Passion,” all signs pointed to a potentially long-term and extra funky relationship complete with all the beats, licks, and attitude (and lace, and silk pajamas, and come-hither looks) that had come to typify the Minneapolis sound at the pinnacle of the Purple Rain era. Comprised of St. Paul Peterson, Susannah Melvoin, Eric Leeds, Jellybean Johnson, and Jerome Benton, The Family stepped on the scene with an eponymous debut album that not only featured the aforementioned single, but also burners such as “High Fashion” and “Mutiny,” and the original version of the beloved gem “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which Irish firebrand Sinéad O’Connor would make a hit in 1990. Yet, despite such a high-impact start, the group soon disbanded, never to release a follow-up to the inaugural outing that eventually ascended to cult status.

That is, until 2011. Newly re-christened fDeluxe, the group emerged (sans Benton) from nearly 25 years of supposed silence (because really, none of the members rested on their laurels during that time period; to the contrary, each continued to write, produce, and perform as solo acts and/or with other bands and artists, including The Revolution, The Time, Wendy & Lisa, Sheila E., etc.) with their second offering, Gaslight, which not only picked up where the first album left off but brilliantly laid the foundation for the next chapter in the band’s evolution. Packed tight with funk, soul, and R&B, Gaslight continued the conversation begun so many years before but this time, the party didn’t stop at the end of the record.

Shortly after Gaslight dropped, fDeluxe released Relit, a CD featuring remixes of several joints from the album, and followed that release with the single “You Got What You Wanted,” their take on the Ike & Tine Turner classic. On the heels of a massively successful PledgeMusic campaign, the band gifted us with their live album, Live & Tight as a Funk Fiend’s Fix (Live at The Dakota), coupled with AM Static, a project devoted to soul, funk, and rock covers such as Bill Withers’ “Who is He and What is He to You,” Stevie Wonder’s “Maybe Your Baby,” and PJ Harvey’s “We Float.” Not bad for a band that could have, by all accounts, faded quietly into the background after the initial excitement from the first album subsided. Clearly, you can’t knock fDeluxe’s hustle; in between all that studio time, fDeluxe managed to squeeze in a handful of live performances, kicking off in Minneapolis at the Dakota and the Loring Theatre, hitting a few spots in Europe and Australia, and blessing New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The band quite possibly stole the show at the Prince tribute at Carnegie Hall in 2013, blazing the stage with a medley of favorites from their debut album and proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that they had no plans of disappearing so quickly this time around.

On Sunday, September 7, fDeluxe took over the Dakota once again for a one-night only, two-show performance. A few days prior to the show, the band announced on Facebook that Susannah would not be with them due to a family emergency, but that the show must go on. And that, it most definitely did! With Oliver Leiber on guitar, Mario Dawson on drums, and Brian Zee on keys, fDeluxe delivered two funk-in-your-face sets to an audience of long-time fans (including yours truly) and hometown friends and family.

Opening the set with “Sanctified” (Gaslight), St. Paul (vocals and bass), Eric Leeds (sax and flute), and Jellybean Johnson (guitar) laid down the groove and warmed up the room before bringing guest vocalist Timotha Lanae to the stage for the Isley Brothers’ classic “Fight the Power” and the Mother’s Finest hit, “Baby Love” (both featured on AM Static). While “The Screams of Passion” felt a little light without Susannah’s iconic vocals, St. Paul brought the house to its knees with a stripped down arrangement of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Handling the bass as well as the vocals, Peterson delivered a breathtakingly gorgeous, spacious version of the song, teeming with the deep-seated heartache that makes the songs one of the greatest pop songs ever to hit the airwaves. I resisted the urge to sing along (something that is nearly impossible for me to do, ever) because it was just so doggone pretty; any additional ad libs—from the band or from the audience—would have ruined the moment. It was also a reminder that St. Paul can really, really sang. I only wish I’d had the forethought to capture it all on video.

St. Paul Peterson, Rhonda Nicole, Jellybean Johnson
St. Paul/Rhonda Nicole/Jellybean Johnson
Bringing the all-important funk back to the forefront, the band launched into “Leeds Line,” with the incomparable Eric Leeds leading the way on tenor sax. Something about the way the song leaned into the groove gave it an energy akin to that of a New Orleans second line. Ms. Lanae returned to belt out Betty Davis’ scorcher “If I’m in Luck I Might Get Picked Up,” her final bow until rejoining the band for the show’s closing. As the band vamped during the song “@8,” St. Paul invited the audience to sing along, saying, “Music is all about the healing we get when we do this together.” He divided the audience in half, instructing the group to his right to follow his lead and then bringing the left side of the room into the fold with an old school call-and-response. Rounding out the set with the Gaslight opener “Drummers and Healers,” the band kept with the theme of using music as a unifying force before closing the show with “Mutiny” and “High Fashion,” with Peterson’s brother Rickey Peterson and nephew Jason Peterson DeLaire getting in on the action and moving the audience to its feet.

fDeluxe is off to Australia for a string of shows in Melbourne, and fingers crossed they’ll be bringing their certified funk to a city near you soon. In the meantime, visit fdeluxe.com to get your hands on their goodie goodie ear candy and collector’s vinyl, and if you’re really about that life head over to your local wreckastow or amazon.com to find gently used copies of their now out of print, self-titled Paisley Park debut.

Connect with fDeluxe on Facebook and on Twitter @thefdeluxe.

—Rhonda Nicole

Rhonda Nicole is an independent singer/songwriter and fDeluxe stan, lovin’ and livin’ in Oakland, CA. Download her EP ‘Nuda Veritas’ on CDBaby and iTunes, keep up with her new music at soundcloud.com/rhonda-nicole, and follow her on Facebook and on Twitter @wildhoneyrock.



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