Fusik's Newest Release with DJ Le Spam is Funky to the Third Power

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By Vanessa Martin

The name Fusik (pronounced few-sick) reflects this Fort Lauderdale band's signature sound -- a fusion of funk, soul, and Latin genres that glides on the fundamentals of hip-hop and psychedelic rock. If that description alone doesn't incite you to get down, then nothing ever will.

The quintet have been together since 2005, and started out in the b-boy, break-dancing scene, but these days, they're all about the funk. Charles "Chip" Gardner is on keys and Anton "Sanchez" Rivera plays the guitar and accompanies it with raspy, soulful vocals. Then there's drummer Daniel 'Felix' Garcia, bassist Mack Henry Moore III, and Daniel "Quinto" Naval adding cannon-fire percussive elements.


Fusik is releasing their third full-length album, Fusik III. The eight tracks are classic Fusik: Think head-bobbing rhythm, funk bass, and feel-good synthy vibes. The disc showcases the band's maturity through creative and well-arranged grooves. "I think we've gotten better as musicians, we're older," says keyboardist Chip Gardner. "Some of the album was recorded in early 2011, so some of the stuff is newer, and some is older."

The album was recorded and mixed by Andrew Yeomanson, a.k.a. DJ Le Spam, of the Spam Allstars at his City of Progress Studio in North Miami Beach. It's a virtual museum of guitars, amps, keyboards, and drums from the '50s, '60s, and '70s. They helped foster this easily-inspired act's creativity. "We look to ourselves for inspiration, we like listening to the music we like to play then we think about whether our fans are going to like it," says Gardner. "Our musical inspiration is everything; James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, '70s Latin, funk, we're also really into local bands."

Brotherly Love Productions, the Boca-based musical production powerhouse is putting together Fusik III's pre-release party at the Funky Biscuit on Friday, January 25. Attendees will receive a free copy of the album, which will be available on iTunes and Amazon on February 5. If you're lucky, you might even catch some of the band members break out in dance.

The power of funk is uncontrollable, after all. 

Fusik pre-release party. Friday, January 25. The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 561-395-2929 or visit funkybiscuit.com.



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The Funky Biscuit

303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, FL

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