Polyrhythmics / Press
"..wonderful funk grooves that give a glimpse into what would have happened if the mothership had crash-landed in Nigeria in 1977. "
"Polyrhythmics. "The Imposter", is a rhythmic afro-funk number packed with so much groove that it is set to kick-off an "occupy the dancefloor" movement.." - Paris DJ's
"Okay, okay. Lately, they have been a slew of funk bands popping up on both coasts. Now, with the such a flood of bands coming up, it’s hard to distinguish one from the other. That’s the one flaw with bands like that: they all tried to be the next James Brown, without attempting to bring their own personality in to the mix. Enter Polyrhythmics, a band that’s trying to do their own thing while respecting the spirits of Brown and Fela Kuti. Tracks like “Moonroof”, “Stinky Finger” and the title track have the required funkiness that will guarantee to get asses shaking." - Fredric Hall : Collegenews.com
" [AFROBEAT FUNKADELIC] If you close your eyes real tight while listening to Polyrhythmics' first full-length, this June's Labrador, you can transport yourself to a world with more color, more spice and more soul––basically just an all-around better world—than the one you\\\'re living in. The eight-piece instrumental outfit from Seattle fuses Afrobeat, funk and soul in a big way. Horns and percussion howl throughout the album, creating a very funky, insanely danceable series of songs. The memorable percussion hook in the title track and the controlled chaos of the guitar-heavy \\\"The Revenge of the Sneaky Spider\\\" would make Fela Kuti proud."
" “The Imposter”, point blank, is a great (A) side. Drawing from Afro Beat like Fela, (the horns, the percussion, organ and guitar), but injecting their own style to the side with a tinge of blaxploitation car chase guitar and a smoth bass line, this side is also the definition of funky. While the new Afro Beat movement was lead by bands like Antibalas and the Budos, in 2011, the new kid on the block is Polyrhythmics. There is always room for a band like this who pay tribute to the artist as well as the sound. With an “all live” in one room recording process, they not only keep it real but keep it fresh as well. Papa has got a brand new Afro Beat bag, and it’s name is Polyrhythmics. My bet is they will be opening their bag as they execute their “occupy dance floors movement” in a venue near you. "
"Take a polished, modern brand of funk, flavor it with a little Afrobeat swagger and Latin rhythm, and inject a spirited, powerhouse horn section and you’ve got Polyrhythmics."
"Labrador, their latest album independently released June 1st, 2011, is a downright funky collection of songs that embrace the phenomenon of the polyrhythm whole-heartedly. Similar to other instrumental afrofunk bands like The Budos Band, Ikebe Shakedown or The Superpowers, their fierce, yet smooth horn section assumes the identity of their sound although their rhythm section lays down a seriously funky back drop over which the horns do their thing. This album is about as funky as anything you're likely to hear. "
“Heavy and hypnotic rhythms, raw percussion, global jazz funk inspired horns, organ grooves and tasty guitars from Seattle's Polyrhythmics – a young group that to date has just an EP and this self-titled full length to their name – yet they sound like they could have decades of experience in far-reaching global funk! There's a rhythmic dexterity to their sound that's as solid as just about any contemporary combo of the kind we can think of. They didn't pick the band name out of a hat, that's for sure – but, we wouldn't short change the horn section or any other facet of the 8-piece group. There's a clear love of classic Afro Funk, but they don't set out to replicate that vibe. They use it as a spring board and work for and reach a timelessly effective groove .”
“...Chill, world funk music that just dares people to not dance to it!”