Need something fresh to listen to today? Our latest suggestion is the newest release from prog funk trio Lespecial, a single set show performed at The Foundry in Philadelphia back on February 26. Releasing the show on their BandCamp page this past weekend, the band also announced that 100% of download purchases are being donated to Black Lives Matter Philly. You can stream the entire show here at the bottom of the article, and can also click through to Lespecial’s BandCamp and purchase and make a donation if you feel so inclined.
The Foundry show captures some of the most recent live representation of Lespecial’s wholly unique blending of metal, dance music, and funk. The band opens up with a fully fleshed out version of a Lespecial classic “Fruit Bat Wolf,” before following up with a crunchy take on the more ethereal track “Donut House Ghost II.” The set also features some very cool sit-ins, one from Philly MC Entellekt, who gives some fresh vocals to DnA’s “Dreams,” and one from Wax Future guitarist Keith Wadsworth to help shred a gnarly version of Primus’ “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers.”
Below is a personal statement Lespecial posted on their FB page on the day of the new release. Below that, stream their live release from 2/26/20 at The Foundry, and you can click through if you’d like to purchase the show personally.
Taken from the Lespecial FB page:
Today we are releasing the next installment of lespecial LIVE From Philly, The City of Brotherly Love. We are donating all proceeds to Black Lives Matter Philly. We did not make the decision to release music at this time lightly. Black Lives Matter, and this is a very serious ongoing issue all over the country. We have taken time recently to go quiet and allow space for black and brown voices to be heard, while trying to educate ourselves and explore options to help the movement. With your help we have already been able to donate over $500 to Soul Fire Farms, an organization local to us that is committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. We would like to continue to educate ourselves in this ongoing discussion and offer you music that represents ourselves through different generations, genres, and influenced by black culture and artists, and donating the proceeds to an organization and movement that matters more than our own. Thank you for listening, thank you for speaking up. Shout out to our musical guests Entellekt and Keith Wadsworth from Wax Future, and to the City of Brotherly Love.