Live Video: Orgone

photo by Victoria Holt

Ten-year old, eight-piece L.A. based soul/funk band Orgone has that perfect combination of tight refinement raw gut-punching power that is needed to become known, as they have, as one of the baddest funk bands around today. They play an updated take on the spirit of classic groups like The Meters, Booker T. and the MGs, and Parliament Funkadelic. The addition of soul singer Niki J. Crawford on stage has allowed the band’s already high-energy funk to branch out — they sound more soulful, more sultry and more sure of themselves each year. The band has spent the past three years nearly constantly touring, and has recently opened for marquee-level groups like The Roots, Ozomatli, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion?), Al Green, and Gil Scott-Heron. The word “orgone” originates with 1930s-era mystic Wilhelm Reich who used the term to describe his idea of an anti-entropic universal life force. And that’s entirely fitting for a band so full of force, life, with a sound that, through tight organization and execution, frees the mind and the body in a rapidly disordering world. Free your body and mind while checking out videos from their recent session at KEXP:

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