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Drop Shop

by Lockboxx

Genuine & authentic American roots: Funk, Soul & RnB, like the favorite groups of the 70's - Ohio Players, Parliament/Funkadelic, Isley Bros., Sly Stone, and Earth Wind & Fire
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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3. Call the Governor
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5. Look at What We Stepped in
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Album Notes
** Jon Burke of LostAtSea.net Music** writes-
"On Funkadelic's classic cut "Can You Get To That," a chorus of voices croon: "I once had a life/ Or rather life had me/ I was one among many/ Or at least I seemed to be." That line pretty much sums up the history, through the current state, of funk and soul music. At one point in time both genres were thriving, cutting-edge forms that have now mostly stagnated. There is the occasional blip - the Neo-Soul movement (D'Angelo's, Voodoo being the pinnacle), the careers of both Amy Winehouse and Jamie Lidell, and the consistent reverence from hip hop artists and DJs who use classic elements of both genres to create new and interesting sounds. When it comes to actual funk and soul however, true fans oft find themselves waiting for the next set of diminishing returns from Prince or choking down whatever R&B pap is on MTV. Given those decidedly soulless and unfunky conditions, it wouldn't be unreasonable to have low expectations for Drop Shop - the new record by Lockboxx. That said, there is nothing mediocre about this debut - the soul is knee-deep and gravy-thick and the funk… well, Lockboxx is so funky your speakers might start stinking up the room.

To say that Lockboxx appreciate funk is an understatement - they fully understand that the foundation of any good funk band is in the rhythm. Drummer Steve Kray casts a wide net with his thunderous style that elicits comparisons to such classic percussionists as Buddy Miles (Band of Gypsys) and Roger Hawkins (Muscle Shoals). Aside from the traps, Kray also produced the album and seems to have worked hard to maintain the classic elements of funk - wah guitar, keys/organ, and ass shakin' bass. There is even a little vocoder thrown in for fans of the Troutman Brothers and, of course, obligatory song titles like: "Absoludicrous" and "Rollerglow."

Lockboxx's guitar player, Brandon Miles, is a sick bastard. The man has no shame. Miles frequently takes Drop Shop listeners on stratospheric, "Maggot Brain"-esque solos, proving his chops and paying homage to Eddie Hazel, P-Funk and The Isley Brothers. At the same time, Miles can often sound like Bobby Womack - laying back into the groove or throwing some wah pedal out into the mix. Miles' ability to know when to lead and when to back off is crucial to Drop Shop's sound.

Ben Viguerie's keyboards seem to set the mood for the whole album. Viguerie plays eerie swamp atmospherics on one track and burns up another with the classic sound of a Hammond organ. Viguerie's stabs of spaced-out bleeps into the heart of "Absoludicrous" lend the song the kind of futuristic feel that would make Africa Bambaataa jealous. The man's sheer versatility allows Kray and Miles to bend time, space and genre to create a fresh sound from innumerable remnants of their funk and soul idols.

To be honest, the technical musicality of Lockboxx may scare off some less adventurous listeners. Real funk, after all, is not for everyone. Drop Shop's collection of hustlers' grooves and sky high atmospherics force a physical response from the listener - which can be frightening. Suddenly hips start to shake, toes to tap and asses to wiggle. For those listeners willing to take a risk, Drop Shop is the place where fans of Roy Ayers, George Clinton, Al Green and even D'Angelo can come to hear something fresh and funky, sweet and soulful. "
-- Jon Burke, LostAtSea.net Music

**Soul-Patrol.com Review**
"Lockboxx is one of my very favorite groups on today's music scene. Oh you say that you have never heard of them? Well I wouldn't expect you to unless you have been doing the digital equivalent of "crate digging" like I have over on MySpace. Lockboxx was in fact one of the first artists I "discovered" via MySpace and they remain a favorite. I discovered them because of a super/erotic/super/hypnotic track they had playing on their MySpace page called "Rollerglow". The song "Rollerglow" occupies the space between Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness", Donald Byrd's "Wind Parade" and Ronnie Laws "Tidal Wave" (how's that for 1970's Funk references). I found myself going back to their MySpace page nearly every day, just to hear "Rollerglow."

Soon I got up the courage to send them an email requesting a copy of the song, so that I could play it on Soul-Patrol.Net. Steve Kray of Lockboxx was reluctant to give me a copy at first; telling me that it was "un-mastered" and I could have a copy once the album was finished. I "twisted" Steve's arm and he eventually sent me a copy of the song and it's still playing on one of our Funk shows. So now the album is finished and will be released sometime later this year (June 3). My recommendation is that is you are a fan of music like "Summer Madness", "Wind Parade" and "Tidal Wave", then you will find yourself hopelessly addicted to the album "Drop Shop" by Lockboxx. Oh there is more, there are tracks that remind me of Herbie Hancock, Sun Ra, Funkadelic and others. Within certain parameters the album is extremely diverse. This is exactly the type of album that would have come out on CTI or GRP years ago. I really like it a whole lot and the only suggestion that I have for these guys is that they get one of these extremely strong Neo Soul singers that has a crappy band to sing one or two songs (to add a "Jon Lucien/Flora Purim" vibe) on their next album and they will have a bonafide hit on their hands."
-- Bob Davis
(Founder and Executive Producer Soul-Patrol.com)

**TAXI Review**
"OK. I have to be honest - I looked at the pics in the cd package & said to myself, "How funky is this going to be, really?" Looked more like an indie rock group than a funk/soul group. Started listening to the song [Absoludicrous #7]... "Ok, really nice groove; I'm impressed." Then the chorus breakdown - "What? Ok, they got funky with it!" I had to check out a few of the other songs - "Whoa! Yo, this group is the real deal!" Shut me up. I am thoroughly impressed! It's like hearing a revival of all my favorite groups from the 70's - Ohio Players, Parliament/Funkadelic, Isley Bros., Sly Stone, Earth Wind & Fire (before the pop stuff) & on & on & on - with genuine authentic funk, soul & r&b, but with their own style; uniquely Lockboxx. The musicianship is truly the highlight. Dude on the bass is sick - Brandon (demonstrated even more on other songs than this one); guitars also. He is a perfect fit for the drummer - Steven; they're really tight together. However, Ben definitely "brings it" on all the keys too. Quite a trinity... Great job on background vocals; well-arranged and adds to the appeal of the song; love the dynamics. In terms of production, I liked the organic sound; keeps it authentic... Overall, you are a special group. True funk/soul/r&b lovers won't be disappointed..."
--TAXI A&R #178

References:
(1) CTI Records was a record label owned and overseen by legendary jazz producer Creed Taylor (CTI stood for Creed Taylor Inc.). He began the CTI label in 1967 as an imprint of Herb Alpert's A & M Records (US). Three years later Taylor took CTI out from under the A&M umbrella and relaunched CTI as an independent label. Most titles from 1970 through 1977 were distibuted my Motown.

(2) GRP Records is an American jazz record company that was founded in New York by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1982. Their original distribution arrangement with Clive Davis at Arista made them known as Arista GRP. Embracing an all-digital recording philosophy, they became the first label to release all of their titles on compact disc.

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Locboxx
The Band: The members of Lockboxx have been playing music
together for over a decade, beginning during their
years in the fertile music scene of Denton, TX, home
of the esteemed University of North Texas music and
jazz programs.

Steven Kray (drums) -
Born Dubuque, IA, twenty years late for the first funk
wave, a worthy torch-bearer for his generation of
American funk. Lives Portland, OR.

Brandon Miles (guitar) - Born and lives in Houston, he has an encyclopedia of funk and jazz in his hands and original, fiery chops in his soul.

Ben Viguerie (keys) - Born Houma, LA, where funky music is abundant as the bayou critters they eat down there. Lives San Francisco.

Kray, a collector and archivist of rare funk recordings, film/video and a deep studio audio engineer, stewarded the live, organic sonic approach of Drop Shop.

Miles grew up playing multiple instruments before choosing guitar for formal study. Brandon's playing on Drop Shop naturally evokes the tough sound of Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel and Gary Shider to nail down the funk and jazz guitar idioms from the 70's on this record.

Viguerie's recording and production career spans acclaimed releases in dub, house, techno, electro, and hip-hop... Ben's session and production talent is in high demand, recently contributing to Dub Gabriel's haunting Suicide cover "cheree" featuring Michael Stipe. Ben recently toured with Austin Latin sensation Grupo Fantasma and is just starting an exciting new project with Narada Michael Walden...


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Khan Dornelius

Lockboxx name a Top Black Music Album of 2008
Lockboxx Drop Shop was named a Top Black Music Album for 2008 by DJ and Music Editor Bob Davis.

The original article was posted on RadioIO.com and Soul-Patrol.com on July 1, 2008.

2008 BEST NEW ALBUM RELEASES:

This has been an amazing year for Black music, or as Crosby, Stills & Nash might say; "there's something happening here." And what's happening here is a VERY good thing in my opinion. Perhaps it is the impact of Amy Winehouse winning 5 Grammy Awards last year, employing what some critics might refer to as the "dated musical style of 1960's R&B?" Or perhaps as a result of the overall mood of the country, facing a multiple series of seeming insurmountable national/international crisis, looking backwards in order to achieve comfort? Or maybe we just have more artists who are simply tired of farting around, trying to create a "new sound", have come to the stunning realization that there isn't anything wrong with the "old sound?"

Of the 25 new releases on this list (IN RANK ORDER), 16 of them could be described as being "retro" or even "dated" by some people. As you can see from the list, this trend crosses all Black music genres from Jazz, to Blues, to Rap, to Rock n' Roll, to Soul, to Funk and even Doo Wop, as well as demographic sectors, such as age & race.

And if you think that this is all just the conjecture of a "nostalgic old fart sitting behind a computer in New Jersey", you would be quite wrong in that assessment. The songs from these albums are getting major airplay on internet/satellite radio channels and in some cases have even crossed over to terrestrial radio.

So it's really more than even a "trend", dare I say, it has evolved past that point and become a "movement."

1. Global Noize - "Global Noize "
2. Renaissance - "Meet Me On The Corner"
3. James Hunter - "The Hard Way"
4. Denise LaSalle - "Pay Before You Pump"
5. Victor Wooten - "Palmystery"
6. Chante Moore - "Love the Woman"
7. Stan Mosley - "Man Up"
8. Chuck D & the Banned (Featuring Kyle Jason) - "Tribb To JB"
9. Gerald Alston - "Sings Sam Cooke (Featuring Gerald Albright)"
10. Conya Doss - "Still"
11. Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes
12. Angel - "Nu Soul Stew"
13. Chip Shelton - "Imbued With Memories"
14. Marcus Miller - "Marcus"
15. Teeny Tucker - "Two Big M's"
16. Lockboxx - Drop Shop
17. Eric Daniel and Friends - "Old Sax Nu Soul"
18. Vince Seneri - On the Prince's Groove
19. Norman Kelsey - "A Talent For Loving"
20. Hill St Soul - "Black Rose"
21. April Hill - "Love 360"
22. Rose Stone - "Already Motivated"
23. Cracked Ice - "Soul Noir"
24. Bob Baldwin - "NewUrbanJazz.com"
25. Maceo Parker - Roots and Grooves

2008 TOP SONGS (A Playlist For You):

I know that some of you out there are looking at this list and thinking; "that's all well and good, but many people don't really buy or listen to albums anymore, some people don't even own CD players anymore, they buy/listen to individual songs." Well that may or may not be true, however it's an idea that's well worth exploring. With that notion in mind here is a playlist for your consideration (IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER). This list also includes a few reissues. Go to your favorite mp3 download site and "obtain by any means necessary" these new releases for a great summer of compelling Black music listening. Or if the economy's got you down and your broke, slide on over to Nu Soul @ RadioIO.com, where you can listen to most of these songs in the mix (or will soon be):

1. Angel - "One More Heartache"
2. April Hill - "Manipulation"
3. Barbara Cole - "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"
4. Bob Baldwin - " Zawinul"
5. Candy Dulfer - "Candy"
6. Candy Dulfer - "Summertime"
7. Chante Moore - "Do For You"
8. Chante Moore - "Guess Who I Saw Today"
9. Chip Shelton - "MLK"
10. Chuck D & the Banned (Featuring Kyle Jason) - "Funky President"
11. Conya Doss - "Message"
12. Cracked Ice - "Sweet Feeling"
13. Dells - "Walk On By"
14. Denise LaSalle - "Mississippi Woman"
15. Desi - "Takin It As It Comes"
16. Diplomats Of Solid Sound featuring The Diplomettes - "Budget Fro"
17. Donnie C - "You Got a Friend"
18. Eric Daniel and Friends - "Old Sax Nu Soul"
19. Eric Roberson - "Let Me Know"
20. Fatback Band - "Sumertime Funk"
21. Gail Jhonson - "Runnin Around"
22. Gerald Alston - "A Change is Gonna Come"
23. Global Noize - "A Jam 4 Joe "
24. Global Noize - "Spin Cycle "
25. Hill St Soul - "The Sweetest Days"
26. James Hunter - "She's Got a Way"
27. James Hunter - "Till the End"
28. Jewels - "Sugar Woman Mama"
29. Lenny Kravitz - "Dancin' Til Dawn"
30. Lockboxx - "Rollerglow"
31. Maceo Parker - "Hit The Road Jack"
32. Marcus Miller - "Ooh (w/Lelah Hathaway"
33. Marcus Miller - "What Is Hip"
34. Marvin Gaye - "Anger (alternate extended mix by Marcus Miller)"
35. Matte - "Big Tall Black Man"
36. Mike Calhoun and the Holy Ghost Band - "God's Got My Back"
37. Miles Davis - "Black Satin "
38. Norman Kelsey - "Everything My Heart Desires"
39. Norman Kelsey - "Fall Out"
40. Rahsaan Patterson - "Dream Flight"
41. Rebel Diaz - "Which Side Are You On"
42. Renaissance - "Feeling The Blow/Sincerely"
43. Rose Stone - "Already Motivated"
44. Rose Stone - "Press On"
45. Soul Children - "Long Ride"
46. Stan Mosely - "Something U Got"
47. Teeny Tucker - "Two Big M's"
48. Tony Cook's Trunk of Funk - "Superstar"
49. Victor Wooten - "Miss U"
50. Vince Seneri - "The Stinger"
51. Yvonne Fair - "Love Aint No Toy "


REISSUES:

1. Miles Davis - "The Complete On The Corner Sessions"
2. Dells - "The Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke's Greatest Hits"
3. Marvin Gaye - "Here, My Dear" [Extra Tracks]
4. Otis Blue - "Otis Redding Sings Soul- The Collectors Edition"
5. Various Artists - "Soulsville Sings Hitsville"
6. Yvonne Fair "The Bitch Is Black"

--Bob Davis
609-351-0154
earthjuice@prodigy.net

Matthew Ginger

Find Your Funky Soul
Cut loose for a spell and find your Funky Soul. Get a grip of your Funky powers, grab your Bop Gun and don’t forget your Flash Light!

It may frighten you at first, returning to the deep cut grooves not seen since the landing of the Mothership c1975. Who is a Lockboxx? What is a Lockboxx?

Funk upon a time, Dr. Funkenstein laid down the concept of a specially designed Lockboxx on Man Child. With the knowlege that the funk cannot be stopped nor contained this Lockboxx was to be made of pure Funk and nuthin but the Funk. Dr. Funkenstein’s predecessors had encoded the secrets of Funk in the Pyramids because humanity wasn’t ready for its existence until the modern era. The titular “clones” are the Children of Productions whose job is to ensure that everyone is on the One. This Lockboxx, being made of and containing pure Funk and nuthin but the Funk held the secrets of the funk until a more positive attitude towards the most scared phenomenon could be unlocked. The Lockboxx is much more than a vehicle of Funk deliverance, but you will have to let them do it to you in your earhole and hear for yourself. Remember, Funk is its own reward!

Michelle


We love this cd!! been playing it at house parties and can't get it out of my car! I hope these guys know how much I always have and still do appreciate their music to the fullest! Best of luck and success to all of you! With much love and thanks ;)