Hot New Music : Alan Wilkis – Pink and Purple EP

July 3, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Throwing down some jamming dance music at you today. New York’s Alan Wilkis first caught my ear with last year’s excellent  Babies Dream Big, an electro funk gem which got quite a few spins here at the BOS. Alan’s new one, the Pink And Purple EP  ups the ante a notch with a smoking six song set of tunes. In a recent interview on Owl and Bear Blog, Alan lists his top ten influences as :

1. Michael Jackson
2. Prince
3. Rick James
4. Dazz Band
5. Frank Zappa
6. Tortoise
7. Wilco
8. Raphael Saadiq
9. Jimi Hendrix
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Just one listen and you can tell he’s learned his lessons well, the Pink and Purple EP  blends his influences into a synth fueled, soul funk tour de force, that in a perfect world should be blasting out of radios all summer long. If this doesn’t have you up and shaking your body down to the ground nothing will.

Here’s a couple songs from Pink and Purple plus one from Babies Dream Big to kick your Fourth Of July weekend into full blown dance party mode. Rock on !

Alan wilkis – N.I.C.E.
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Alan wilkis – Gotta Get You Back
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Alan Wilkis – It’s Been Great
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Artist Of The Day : Alan Wilkis

April 10, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Ever wonder what it would sound like if you could take all your favorite bits of songs from the past 30 years or so and roll them all into one, some smooth 70’s soul mixed with some 80’s new wave ? , some crunching classic rock guitar with a techno beat ? Remember when music didn’t always sound so fleeting and temporary and tapped into that place that made you love music in the first place ? When radio still mattered ? When a stack of vinyl 45’s could kick a party into high gear ? Brooklyn’s Alan Wilkis has obviously wondered about all of these things and more, and better still, he takes it one step further by immortalizing his vision to share with all of you on his excellent new self produced album, Babies Dream Big.

The opening track Burnin’ starts with a plinky casio type keyboad part, then joined by a nice fat rhythm guitar all laced up nicely by some smooth and soulful falsetto vocals and by then you’re hooked. It continues on through eleven more tracks all forged from a soulful, catchy, and addictive collage of sounds of many eras. It’s been on heavy rotation in my player the past few weeks, and in a perfect world should be one of the hot party records of the year.

MP3: Alan Wilkis – Burnin’
MP3: Alan Wilkis – I Wanna Know

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