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Redtenbacher’s Funkestra feat Helena May – ‘Toxic’ single release

[Photo by Rob Blackham//artwork by Neil Hart]

On Monday, May 21st we digitally released ‘Toxic‘ (radio edit) – how time flies!
Putting the Funkestra stamp on this Britney Spears pop classic was great fun and we
thoroughly enjoyed putting it all together. Helena, Mike, Taggie, Eran, Karl, Simon, Sid and Nichol all did a great job and I wish we could take three horns out when we play live…and
percussion (Karl – just stop touring with the Gorillaz please:-) – as well as some background vocalists to perform all the cool parts Helena and myself have come up with in the ‘Funkhaus’ studio.

Strudel Funkateers meet bushy-tailed soulstress, funkifying this pop classic by Britney Spears.

Watch the band perform ‘Toxic’ LIVE at Ziggy’s World Jazz Club in Enfield, London HERE.

Read Helena’s blog on ‘Toxic’ HERE.

Here a short ‘behind-the-scenesvideo of the Funkestra recording ‘Toxic.

Here is what the team of the Bassguitar Magazine thought of it (The Low Down, July 2018 issue):

You can get the music here on your favorite service.

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Thank you for reading and your continuing support! Indie power!

“Funkestra’s brand of super sassy funk featuring soaring vocals from sparkling Helena May, led from the bass by supremo/leader/composer/arranger Stefan Redtenbacher featured the creme de la creme of Rhythm section & ‘lickety-split’ horns. Funkestra’s tremendous musicianship & fiery soloists brought the Ziggy’s crowd to their Feet. North London has never sounded so good… 2 sets of top class funk- fueled Joy”. (Steve Taylor, Ziggy’s World Jazz Club)

?This incredible London-based 7-piece is led by Austrian bassist Stefan Redtenbacher who draws his inspiration from jazz, funk and soul. The Funkestra?s name pretty accurately describes the high-energy feel of the music as this band, with its fiery two-horn frontline and slinky guitar, perform original funky grooves with an authority and style that is hard to beat. With 11 albums already to their name, tonight the band will be launching their latest recording, ?Part of Me?, featuring their wonderful singer Helena May in what expat Austrian bass player Stefan playfully refers to as “Strudel Funkateers meet bushy-tailed soulstress”! The band, as you may have gathered by now, is highly entertaining with tremendous musicianship applied to some amazing music. A guaranteed great night out!? (Steve Rubie, 606 Club)