Seattle's Polyrhythmics Bring Deep Funk to The Banana Stand on 'Labrador' [Video Premiere]

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The eight-piece packed The Banana Stand's subterranean digs on September 15, 2013, for a live recording that will be released in its entirety on April 22. Until then, enjoy a visual taste of a single track from that session with the video premiere of "Labrador."

Billed as instrumental afrobeat and deep soul, the name alone of Seattle's Polyrhythmics should tell you plenty. On September 15, 2013, the eight-piece overflowed the basement digs of The Banana Stand not just with their sheer numbers but also with polyrhythmic notes emanating from their guitars, drums and axillary percussion, keys, flute, and brass—a trumpet, saxophone and trombone to be precise.

"Horns are up front," recalls The Stand's Louie Herr of the stage directions received from the band. "It's a good metaphor for this band's sound," he continues, highlighting that this band's groove "is driven by their fantastic rhythm section. But, the band puts their horns up front. And they rip."

This is instantaneously understood by pressing play on the above video for the amazingly funkified "Labrador" from Polyrhythmics' session Live From The Banana Stand. The entire album of live tracks drops on April 22, but until then, enjoy the 'Rhythmics second full-length record "Libra Stripes" below.

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