Line-up /B.Bravo's Starship Connection
Sweaterfunk DJ Crew
These are our favorite local homies that we've been digging lately. If you haven't heard B. Bravo & The Starship Connection it's some of the best funk we've heard in a long time. We first heard K-Maxx's tune "Super Drunk" when he passed us a cdr last year at a Dam-Funk show. These are the people we think of when you ask who the funkiest people in the Bay are these days.
B. Bravo & The Starship Connection
– Bay Area modern funk sorcerer B. Bravo has assembled a crew of intergalactic badmen to form The Starship Connection - a synthesizer funk / future bass quartet featuring Bay Area instrumentalists Teeko (F.A.M.E./FourOne Funk), Daren Grant (Bayonics), and Bob Menacho (Bayonics). Like a space age love-child of Parliament, Zapp and Mtume tinged with modern electronic dance sensibilities, The Starship Connection's colorful sound and genre transcending style is sure to blow your musical mind wide open while you sweat it out on the dancefloor. In addition to playing classic B. Bravo joints like Midnite and Computa Love, the crew performs brand new original bangers live on their dazzling array of analog gear. Their debut EP (Jointly produced by Bravo & Teeko), featuring the massive bounce cut 'The Roll Out' and mid tempo funk-bomb 'More than Just a Dream' is set for release in early 2012 on Frite Nite Records.
- K-Maxx, aka Ken Hopkins, lives for the music. He's a Bay Area original from San Francisco, who's been involved with artists such as Dan the Automator, Too Short, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), King Tech (Wake Up Show) and more. Releasing two acclaimed underground albums during the Bay's initial reign in the 90's, K-Maxx began the early 2000's with his seminal "Ghetto Gumbo" radio show which can be heard Friday Nights on KPOO in San Francisco. He returned to the music forefront in 2006, producing for artists like 05' B.A.R.S Underground Artist of the Year, Andre Nickatina and co-writing and producing the hit single "Tuesday" for R&B Legend Lenny Williams, which was recently in the Top 30 Urban AC nationwide. A multi-instrumentalist using many methods to create his soundscapes, K-Maxx draws from a diverse array of influences and experiences to create a truly original sound. K-Maxx is working on releasing a single for his tune "Super Dunk" with the help of Sweater Funk's Sean Boogie. Of course, it'll be on vinyl so you can hear loud in the basement!