Mike Bandoni featuring Chip Wickham – Get It! / Infinity Pool (7″) [Skyline Recordings SL45028]
These two tracks from Mike Bandoni and Chip Wickham have been a long time coming. These two stable mates from the ‘Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band’ have been discussing a collaboration for years and now; it’s finally in the bag! Mike brings his trademark killer funky Drums (Recorded by the legendary Malcolm Catto), Percussion, Rhodes, Bass and vintage Guitar vibes to the party whilst Chip delivers some sublime and highly complimentary work on sax and flute.
Get It! is a cool number with a phenomenally infectious groove and a hook that stays in the brain for days! Think early Kool & The Gang. You’ll be humming these hooks day and night! Chip again raises the bar further with some sublime flute and sax work and is ably joined by Eoin Grace on trumpet to deliver that full fat section accompaniment that so completes this composition. Infinity Pool sounds like a long-lost Bobbi Humphrey meets Bob James composition with the flute taking centre stage underpinned by what can only be described as mammoth funk grooves on every other instrument. A true modern Jazz Funk classic with just a fraction more Funk than Jazz!
Both tracks are equally at home listened to through headphones or pumping loudly through a sound system in a club at your best Funk and Soul events.