Hear that sound? Raw, loose and nasty funk, recorded straight to analog tape. It’s just like the old days, but so new it’s sporting a badass teenage moustache. Now that Melbourne funk sensation The Cactus Channel have graduated high school, they’re taking their own brand of high-octane, instrumental car chase funk and smooth soundtrack soul to the people with their debut, Haptics. On the road and on the airwaves, 2012 is the year The Cactus Channel come of age.
Back in 2009, the founding members of The Cactus Channel were already jamming on some classic soul feels, tripping on Eddie Bo, James Brown and their contemporaries, and using words like “Boss” and “Cat” while trying make it through year 10 in 21st Century Australia. What began as experimentation in Junior Stage Band developed into outright insubordination in Senior Jazz Ensemble and by 2011 The Cactus Channel were an out of control ten piece funk orchestra with the momentum of a runaway train who could count The Dap Kings’ Tom Brenneck and soul legend Charles Walker as fans.
How did members of the iTunes generation get on to those rare and deep seventies sounds at the age of 14? The internet, of course! Also, who really cares? It works! No matter what year it is, or sounds like it is, these records are great. From triple j Unearthed to FatBeats Records in NYC, people all over the place love this band.
The Cactus Channel deliver on all their precocious promise with this super heavy full length debut LP. Haptics is chock full of deep funk, jazzed-up soul and boogaloo hits, all informed by a canny sense of soundtrack-ready drama, loaded with tight, hard grooves and one strong track after another. The Cactus Channel is ready to roll!
“Tightly raw soul, rambling deep-funk jams and organ-driven party mash-ups” - THE AGE
“Infectiously funky sounds… a horn-fuelled, butt-shaking affair” - triple j HOME & HOSED
“It’s old-fashioned, gritty and down-home soul music – by a bunch of white teenagers from Melbourne” - THE MONTHLY
“Brilliant… The Cactus Channel are poised to take over the world with their sweaty, nasty, funky sounds” - BEAT
“Haptics is quite simply a near-perfect funk album… A rich cluster of solid, compelling instrumental pieces” - DRUM MEDIA
ALBUM OF THE WEEK – PBS-FM + SYN Melbourne, 2SER + Eastside Radio Sydney, RTR Perth, Radio Adelaide