The Blaxound is set to release their second full length album “Trans-mission” on June 2014. The Barcelona-based project has recorded a collection of soul-funk tracks that set a before and after in their development as a band. The record is released via the renowned USA label Hammondbeat Records. As stated in their web page, “Hammondbeat Records produces some of the coolest moderne recordings on the planet featuring the finest organ players, backed by the tightest bands and the hottest vocalists”.
Trans-mission’s more mature and refined sound is also the result of the time and place where it was recorded. The album was recorded and produced by Marta at The Blaxound Recording Studio, in Barcelona. The Studio was built by Marta Roman seven years ago using vintage analog equipment. Many musicians and friends have recorded and jammed at the studio during the past years, in relaxed and laid-back recording sessions.
Recorded over a period of nearly three years, Trans-mission is an 11-track solid testimony of the inspired recording sessions that the collaborating musicians performed at the studio. The band players in the recording sessions are personal friends and professional musicians with a solid experience in African-American music, ranging from jazz, to soul, funk and reggae. Some of the musicians who have contributed with their playing in the album include members of Phat Fred, The Slingshots, and La Sucursal S.A, among others.
The new set of songs in the album represent the range of sounds in the likes of Marta. Influences go from the Memphis sound, to the Meters´ deep-funk, to the classic vocal soul singers. The album includes a cover of “Poor millionaire” from Tommy Hunt, and the lyrics in “unlovable” are taken from The Smiths.
The Blaxound is a Barcelona-based project with deep connections to the underground Soul and Funk scene of the city. The project started in 2003, time when Marta Roman began composing and recording music with the help of some musician friends in her home studio. As the project started to establish and the need for a versatile musical place became more serious Marta built and set up The Blaxound Recording Studio in 2006. The Blaxound songs emerge from the musical ideas of Marta which are ultimately arranged by the band members and collaborators in the studio. Mostly based on analog and vintage hardware, the studio offered the opportunity to improve the way of working in the music without the space and time restrictions of a home studio. All the songs published by The Blaxound during the years have been recorded, engineered and produced by Marta at The Blaxound Recording Studio.
The band members are a bunch of friends and professional musicians with a solid musical background. Some of the musicians who have taken part in The Blaxound during the years include members of Los Fulanos (Vampisoul Records, lovemonk), Phat Fred (Hammondbeat Records), Fundación Tony Manero(Pias Spain), and The Slingshots (Lovemonk) among others.
In 2007, the first full length album for the project was set to be released. The album was edited on CD and LP format in early 2008, followed by a number of presentation live dates in different cities of Spain. A new 7″ single followed the release of the first album two years later. The single, edited exclusively in vinyl format, features Fundación Tony Manero keyboardist Paco Manzanares on organ.
Recorded over a period of 3 years, The Blaxound will release their second full length album “Trans-mission” early in 2014 in the renowned USA label Hammondbeat Records. The new album encompasses a wider musical perspective in The Blaxound, with a more concise and mature sound.
The Blaxound releases their second full length album “Trans-mission”. The release of “Trans-mission” sets a before and after in their discography. The record is released via the renowned USA label Hammondbeat Records, an international benchmark in the edition of albums full of soul and funk.
In 2007, The Blaxound Family recorded their first full length album in their own studio The Blaxound Recording Studio. The album was released in early 2008 on CD and LP format via the independent Spanish label Oídos-Sordos. The album contains 12 great songs of pure Funk and Soul, loaded with a high dose of Hammond organ.
Two years after the release of their first full length album, the Spanish cult magazine, and record label, Enlacefunk released a new 7″ single by The Blaxound Family. The single includes two new songs from the band full of soul and funk, exclusively in vinyl format. One is a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Make Me Believe In You” and an own composition entitled “Brand New Old Story”, with Fundación Tony Manero keyboardist Paco “Mantecao” Manzanares as a special guest playing organ.
In 2008 the renowned Spanish label Vampisoul released a compilation of the most outstanding bands from the Spanish soul-funk scene. The compilation includes the track “Don’t mess with Tony” from the Return of the Blaxound album.