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SUN HOP FAT / Press

“Modeled partly on acid jazz and partly on the Ethiopiques series that immortalized Ethiopian and Eritrean musicians of the Seventies, Sun Hop Fat provides a fairly improbable concept for a party band. The group's minor-key harmonies easily translate to funk. A thick drizzle of horns, woodwinds, and rhythm section instruments gives the illusion of chaos.”

“At a show last year at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, the stage looked like it was at capacity with the large amount of musicians. The audience was locked in with the band’s heavy grooves and engaged with every direction the songs went in. But even when they’re cramped like sardines on a tiny stage, SHF takes its musicianship to a higher level and busts out psychedelic constructions that many times extend beyond the 10-minute mark.
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“The music of Sun Hop Fat is at once strange and soothing. The Oakland-by-way-of-Santa-Cruz jazz and funk ensemble employs Eastern scales that sound familiarly alien—the music you would expect to hear in an old adventure movie when the hero enters a smoky Arabic watering hole.”

“Sun Hop Fats' silky flow, joyously booming brass, and funky rhythm section create naturally bopping underground jazz club atmospheres, and are said to inspire a live dance experience. One might assume a hindrance to on-stage movement given their sheer quantity, yet they do indeed incite the party promised.”