There's something pretty undeniable about the Daptone Records 11-piece outfit The Budos Band. Even if the Staten Island group didn't have some sheer strength in numbers or instruments (and even if their sounds didn't careen off Afrobeat and funk into soul and swing), their music provides a lesson in groove and feel for all who behold it. (And if those sounds like terms Tito Puente and Charles Mingus might have used in heated argument with one another, well, there's a reason for that.)
Daptone has announced the release of The Budos Band EP, a collection of seven cuts laid down between the group's two LPs. According to the label, the release "stands as a vital account of the band's movement between musical styles and records a singular moment in the group's existence," which seems fair enough.
Watch the video for The Budos Band's "The Origin of Man":