JAN KINCAID AND DAWN JOSEPH MET WHILE WORKING ON A BRAND NEW HEAVIES PROJECT AND IMMEDIATELY CLICKED.
Within a month they had written more songs together than they could hope to release with the Brand New Heavies and so, MF Robots was born. The name, MF Robots, a dig generic popular music of the 21st Century. The band takes from the likes of Anita Baker, Gladys Knight and Whitney; their classicism viewed here through a modern lens. Dawn Joseph is key. A vibrant personality, both on and off stage, with a rich musical past – she started out playing bass with Phil Collins’ band and has sung with acts as diverse as Kylie Minogue, Michael McDonald and CeeLo Green – she’s a part of that lineage that connects Rick James, Nile Rodgers and Grace Jones. Her attire, which she designs and makes herself, is flamboyant and colourful and she carries herself with flair and verve; the 14 songs here are a testament and very much cast in her image.
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“Their vibe is an eclectic and unique blend of hard funk, electronic, acid jazz, smooth soul, and pop.” Afropunk
An energetic mix of big band, jazz, funk, soul, and electro-pop, MF Robots make music that uplifts and inspires through their accessible sound and warm, inviting melodies. “Music For Robots” is no exception.
MF Robot’s ‘Finders Keepers’ pushes a rolling funk momentum
MF ROBOTS move with great jostling energy, trademark foot-stomping and pushed tempo, and accentuated horn lines pushing the rolling funk momentum. It’s a return to an identifiable sound, born out of a specified musical DNA made by retro-standards established 30-plus years ago.
It’s just good music.
‘Happy Song’, the stunning lead single released on 21 August 2020 and taken from the forthcoming album Break The Wall.
An introduction it is: uplifting and timeless soul/funk, showcasing Dawn Joseph’s effortless yet powerful lead vocal and Jan Kincaid’s unmistakable, vibrant rhythm section to perfection. Jazz-tinged Rhodes chords, ultra-tight horns and a funky clavinet riff on the outro complete this highly polished arrangement, underpinning a melody that can only be described as an earworm.
Ever heard of Brand New Heavies? Only one of the UK’s most successful Acid Jazz bands, that influenced Mark Ronson, D’Angelo, Jamiroquai, Erykah Badu, and The Roots to name a few. Welp, Kincaid, and Joseph met in that band. And formed this one.