Funke and the Two Tone Baby is a ‘one man electro blues band’, which while accurate actually sells this sonically unusual project short. FATTTB is fascinatingly weird. Pitching conventional blues instrumentation against programmed drums and half-sung, half-rapped vocals make this a record with a foot in both camps.
I’ll be honest, 5 seconds in to opening track Ghenghis Khan I thought I was going to hate Denizen. While it initially rubbed me up the wrong way, 30 seconds in I was onboard. It’s looped beats and riffs are infectious, and the electronic and acoustic textures are fascinatingly blended. You get the impression that the electronic elements are merely tools to help carry the more traditional alt-blues instrumentation, allowing Funke to create these songs under his own steam.
It’s an involving listen and it’s nice to see something that feels peculiarly unique in the city.