Ten years ago, Ikebe Shakedown began pushing the boundaries of
instrumental music. Each new track and live set has sent them deeper
into combining the primal elements of '70s soul, raw psychedelic style,
and cinematic Western soundtracks with powerful grooves and
soaring melodies. Now, with their new release, Kings Left
Behind (Colemine Records), the band is giving listeners more mystery
and majesty than ever before. The album features the entire group
collaborating to produce tracks that deliver punches right to the gut,
even as dreamy guitars and lush horn melodies and string
arrangements capture the imagination.
The album was recorded by Ikebe's bassist, Vince Chiarito, at Hive
Mind Recording. Opened with Ikebe's saxophonist, Mike Buckley, and
another collaborator in 2017, Hive Mind has become a home base for
the band, leading to more experimentation with the textures and
sounds of a genre they define as Instrumental Soul.
1. Not Another Drop 2. Unqualified 3. The Witness 4. Mary's Corner 5. Horses 6. Hammer Into Anvil 7. Over My Head 8. No Going Back 9. Kings Left Behind 10. Not Another Drop (Reprise)