April 18, 2012 SOUNDS ⁄  STRAND: BELGIAN WAFFLE

STRAND: BELGIAN WAFFLE

Brussels-based Spaniard, Strand, blends his staple output of experimental electronica with an exploration of sultry 70s and 80s funk in a 10-track record, Slam Funk! It fits perfectly into Belgium’s burgeoning synth funk scene and helps promote a new image of the country (one that isn’t based on delicious grids of carbs). We caught up with Miguel aka Strand to get some specifics on just who he’s dipping into in this nostalgia binge: “Mainly Herbie Hancock, Cybotron, James Brown (of course) Funkadelic, Prince, Reggis Griffith and techonofunk, Funkitionaries and Dwayne Omarr. But also the funk albums of Brazilian artists like Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Marisa Monte (her version of ‘Cerebro Electronico’ with members of living colour is one of my all time favorites). There are echoes of funk in Spanish electric flamenco bands from the 70s too”. Something to chew on Music History 101-ers (and it’s not a goddamn waffle, ok?)