Melbourne’s Cookin’ On 3 Burners continue to send their funkadelic tunes echoing around the globe.
The Hammond organ trio may have first tickled your eardrums when their 2009 track This Girl was remixed by a young French electronic producer Kungs, hitting #1 in France and #2 on the German and UK charts, putting the soul group smack-bang on the pop world’s radar.
But what you might not have gotten from the remix is the truly timeless approach to the genres that the group are known for in funk and soul circles.
And while The Jump Off may not be an electronic dancefloor anthem, this hot slice of funkstrumental is certainly just as enticing to boogie to.
The track is actually the instrumental B-side to their most recent release Warning with budding neo-soul star Kaiit, which has enjoyed acclaim in the #4 and #2 spots within the first two weeks on Amrap’s Metro and Regional Charts respectively.
Jake Mason, Dan West and Ivan Khatchoyan’s catchy and uplifting track urges the listener to toe-tap and hip-shake along to authentically funky vibes and a groove taken straight from the likes of James Brown. The trio are “proudly independent” explains West, and release their music via their own label Soul Messin’ Records.
Staying true to their DIY ethos, the band put out a global call to compile the video, asking break dancers to send in their best moves to be featured in the clip.
What results is an eclectically shot, vibrant mix of dancers from cities around the world, with crews representing Italy, Australia, France and Germany, emphasising the timeless appeal of a solid jam.
Smooth moves are courtesy of The Wildup Crew (Rome), Young Masters Crew (Melbourne), Bboy Levi (Erlangen), Bboy Bruce Wayne (Paris), and Bboy Banjo (Sunshine), letting loose on the streets of their cities.
Dan West explains: “Here at Cookin’ On 3 Burners HQ we have been watching the internet and loving the way the global B-boy and B-girl community have been using our breakbeat heavy funk instrumentals in competition videos and in their dance interventions in the public space – including the NYC subway!
“When we toured Europe late last year, we had a killer show in Rome and connected with a local B-Girl crew named Wildup who came down and strutted their stuff – the vibe was electric. We put a call out to them and the wider community to get the ball rolling and were delighted when a slew of other breakers got on board from abroad and at home. Big up Team Jump Off!
If you’ve never been to a Cookin’ show, be prepared for heat. “It really is all about the live thing for us – getting in front of a crowd and sharing in that energy exchange with an audience,” West enthuses.
“Cookin’ On 3 Burners make their music to play it out and sweat it out with the people. We have a great time and we want the audience to feel the same way and feel like we are all in it together. We love raw ensemble playing with feels that are really contagious and good for all ages (and who doesn’t like to get down and dirty with a funky dance floor banger?).”
This track is a taste tester of their forthcoming record Lab Experiments Vol. 2. Album, which West describes as “Eight tracks of heat!”
“Seriously though, instrumentally, Vol. 2 has a tasty mix of jump up breakbeat jams (for the b-boys and b-girls) and some grittier, more cinematic numbers. Vocally, aside from our collab with the fabulous Kaiit, we have been blessed to have worked with some of our favourite vocalists from around Melbourne town including Simon Burke from The Meltdown [Hope Street Records], our old mates Kylie Auldist and Chicago-born, Melbourne-based king of suits Fallon Williams have a track each too.”