Brad at CD Baby
There's a reason that so many great funk bands see power in numbers. Getting the sound just right requires multiple vocalists, a horn section, a sturdy rhythm section, and guitarists and keyboardists who can both magnify the groove and step out and solo when called upon. This nine-piece group out of Los Angeles follows this blueprint and makes the most of it, with each player shining on this collection of 11 songs that rock the funk with melodic fervor. This isn't just a retreading of 70's grooves (while there is certainly that classic influence). This is funk for the 21st century, with tracks like "Sneaky Love" and "Give and Give" sounding decidedly modern in both their arrangement and execution. The funk is still alive, and this gang knows how to make it work. Let the grooves suck you in, and then sit back and enjoy some fine playing from folks who really know how to put a song together.
Mike Hardaker - Mountain Weekly News
Royal Peeps Album Review - Alessia's Walk
Royal Peeps Album: Alessia’s Walk
Royal Peeps new album “Alessia’s Walk” showcases the incredible singing voice of Ty Taylor almost reminiscent of Stevie Wonder. The vocals were written by Cristian Basso and really seem to come from the heart, ladies are going to love the soul feel to this album. Royal Peeps includes Cristian Basso (bass guitar, keyboards, production effects), CR Gruver (Hammond B-3 Organ, Yamaha Baby Grand Piano, Wurlitzer) the world famous Leo Nocentelli (rhythm guitar and solos), Darren Pujalet (drums, percussion) and Ty Taylor on Vocals.
Were very excited to see CR Gruver back playing music where he belongs! Also on the the album are special guest Ron Haynes (trumpet), Johhny Janowiak (trombone), Kandace Lindsey (vocals), Joe Bianchi (guitar) and Eagle county’s finest Tony Gulizia on the electric piano. With the combination of so many talented musicians you have the recipe for incredible album.
Below is a review of the tracks on the album:
1. Sweet Life – Kicks the album off with a funky horn section featuring Ron Haynes on Trumpet an Johnny Janowiak on Trombone, “Sweet Life” harmonies throughout
2. It’s A Love Thing – Funky Guitar track right out of the box, Leo really brings the “Meters” funk to this song, Stevie Wonder meets Maroon 5 with great vocals by Ty Taylor. CR Gruver on the keys adds a nice touch to the song.
3. Have No Doubt – Alessia’s Walk seems to have a love theme thruout the album, this song could be in the dance clubs and would have been a guaranteed hit in the 70′s. “Have no fear, have no doubt, when the lights go out”
4. Wishful Thinking – Cristian delivers funky bass lines to this track, very catchy intro to the song. “Let's take a walk outside, tiptoe side by side”
5. Sneaky Love – Hit song! Trancy catchy with good beats, someone send this to the Jamtronica show to be played on the radio, ASAP!! Great layers to the song, nice addition of the Trumpet, and cant forget to mention Tony G!!! “What you gonna say when my love sneaks up on you” I can still here this beat in my heat, good work guys!!!!
6. Alessia’s Walk – Another funky dance track, nice harmonies with great chorus and perfect guitar addition at the end of the song. “I love you more and more each day”
7. Give and Give – Trancy start with rocking beats, Leo ripping thru the guitar parts. Makes you want to get up and move! ”
8. Apple Face (Blue Skies) – Catchy track with great layering, lots of trippy out of this world sounds going on.
9. Supersonic – Great Rock-N-Roll song, heavy rock guitar ” chains around you, weigh you down”
10. Bittersweet – The album is winding down, slow track. “as day breaks, my heart beat sets the pace"
11. Caring For A Stranger – Joe Bianchi shredding the guitar with the addition of Kandace Lindsey sweet vocals fitting end to the album..
Produced by Cristian Basso, Alessia’s walk is a great listen. Its easy on the ears and would make for a perfect album to put on while sitting around the house or dancing at the club. The tracks seem very familiar, with great song writing and lyrics by Cristian. CR, Leo, Darren and Ty and Cristian knocked it out of the park and hit a home-run with this album. The Mountain Weekly News is very excited to see this act live. If you like music with soul, this is a must buy album.
For more information on Royal Peeps, please visit: http://royalpeepsmusic.com/
On a side note: Part of the album was recorded at the Funk Bunker studio in Eagle, CO how cool is
that for the locals in the Vail Valley. I for one had no idea that there was such a place.
Brian F. Johnson
Royal Peeps - Alessia's Walk
Contra Basso Music
4 out of 5 stars
At first listen, this Colorado supergroup, sounds like a funk project out of the early 70s, with massive bass lines, Hammond organs spinning through Leslie cabinets, and a very intangible, but nonetheless present grit to it. The lead track “Sweet Life” should have been on the Jackie Brown soundtrack.
But first, let’s address the “super group” status. In all honesty, super group is a misnomer, as the project is much more of a collective, but with some of the heavy hitters on the list calling, it a collective just doesn’t seem to convey the punch it packs. Centered around bassist Cristian Basso, who penned the track “All I Can Do,” which was co-produced by Eric Lindell and released under the title “Turnin’ It Out,” the group also features Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, vocalist Ty Taylor, Front Range staple CR Gruver, Particle drummer Darren Pujalet and Lenny Kravitz’s trumpet player Ron Haynes. The album also features a number of special guest appearances, and the final piece of the puzzle is presented by vocalist Kandace Lindsey.
What makes Aleesia’s Walk, a fun and impressive listen is that while the album is an homage to artists of the past, it doesn’t come across as a group trying simply to emulate their heroes. Vocalist Ty Taylor is the perfect example of this, as his voice has flavorings of Stevie Wonder, but he never actually sounds like someone trying to impersonate Stevie.
Royal Peeps have managed to not only give those nods to the old school pioneers, but also incorporate fresh modern funk, along the lines of New Mastersounds, or even some of the Beastie Boys instrumental Sound From The Way Out type of tracks.
Recorded first as a demo in Bassos’ Funk Bunker Studios in Eagle, Colo., Basso then took the project itself on tour, recording in five studios in four states. Splendidly produced, but not overdone or slick, Alessia’s Walk is a phenomenal addition to the genre, and a great example of a project that came out as strong as, if not stronger than, all of the things that went in it.
- Brian F. Johnson