I do love me some funk and no one is doing it better right now than New Orleans super group Dumpstaphunk who are essentially ‘funk royalty’ if there was such a thing. Set up ten years ago by Aaron Neville’s son Ivan Neville, Dumpstaphunk is made up of dual bass players (yes, TWO bass players) Tony Hall and Nick Daniels, their female drummer (and occasionally rapping) Nikki Glaspie, and Ian Neville on guitar. ‘Dirty Work’, out now on Louisiana Red Hot Records, is their third album together and this time they attempt to take their funk to a whole new level – exploring a host of different styles and bringing in a bunch of guests including Ani DiFranco, Skerik, Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Grooveline Horn Section.
Final track ‘Raise The House’ is most deep-seated in the New Orleans traditions as the bands funk is raised up a notch by guest appearances from Troy ‘Trombone Shorty’ Andrews, The Rebirth Brass Band and uncle Art Neville (who founded one of the best funk bands ever in The Meters). Putting this style of music down on record (however well it’s done) never does it justice, this is meant to be experienced live. I only hope the band make a trip over to London soon – cause we sure need some livening up!