“A sultry mixture of instrumental funk, afrobeat, psychedelica and a small whiff of experimental jazz’’, that’s how the music of the Dutch group Baskar is defined. The group itself speaks of instrumental space-funk.
Just think of heavy guitar and organ riffs on Hammond en Fender-Rhodes, backed by a groovy and very tight rhythm section on bass, drums and percussion. And it’s all very danceable too! Sometimes you hear Santana or Medeski Martin & Wood, other times you hear Fela Kuti, Geraldo Pino or Budos Band.
Baskar started in 2015 as a project of drummer Bob Hogenelst and organ player Gertjan Gutman, both also part of the Dutch, more well-known band Birth of Joy. Baskar shows another face. The song structure in Baskar is looser, with more room for improvisation. So don’t expect 2-3 minute hit songs, but exciting powerful and propelling tracks that will lead you to an orgasmic, psychedelic paradise where you never want to leave anymore.