Funkanetics was the improvisational brain-trust of Randy Garcia and Mic Mell. Formed in 1999 and thriving for only a short pair of years, the duo made their rounds in the south Florida funk, jazz and jam band scene while exploring avant-garde and experimental sounds in the image of Herbie Hancock, MMW and Parliament/Funkadelic.
In 2000, Funkanetics delivered their only studio album: Street Themes. Recorded piecemeal in the living rooms, bedrooms and closets of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Street Themes is the product of a collaborative work ethic and a limited budget. 5 of the songs were recorded by a roadie for Marilyn Manson in exchange for a junk store piano, the other eight were recorded using a cobbled recording set up consisting of a mixing board, a home stereo, and a cheap computer.
Limitations aside, Garcia and Mell focused their energy on creating a loose, fun environment in the studio -- often swapping instrumental roles and experimenting with scores of weird pawnshop instruments. The result is a timeless collection of funk interspersed with vignettes of sonic experimentalism, good humor, and positive vibes. Street Themes is a record that manages to say a great deal without investing itself too deeply in the politics of conversation.
released January 1, 2000
All music by Randy Garcia & Mike Mell
Recorded between May and December of 1999
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 12, 13 Recorded and mixed by Wade Wright
Tracks 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Recorded mixed by Randy Garcia
Digitally Remastered by Randy Garcia at Fort Karate
Randy Garcia: Keyboards, Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trombone
Mike Mell: Bass, Keyboards, Saxophone, Drums
Jen(n) Gillespie - Moog on "Jebruu"
Jesse Legg - Loops on "Jebruu"
Amir Tal - Guitar on "Booch"
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