Beat Mosaic is an irresistibly sassy soul band from Los Angeles, California. Anchored in a classic funk sound that evokes comparisons to the Meters and the MGs, this 8 person outfit broadcasts a sound with attitude in the extreme. Showcasing gritty vocals and biting horns, roaring organ and purring Wurlitzer, Beat Mosaic weaves tapestry of funk, soul, and afro-beat that is by turns laid-back and uproarious, equal parts Budos Band and Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix and Bill Withers. They defy you not to dance. Living in that golden zone where tasty song-writing meets expert funksmanship, Beat Mosiac is a soul band that throws its weight around on the dance floor.
When you think of soul music, "attitude" isn't the first thing that always comes to mind. That's not to say the genre couldn't use a little spunk though—especially in this day and age. Thankfully, Los Angeles singer Raquel Rodriguez and her band play soul how it was always meant to be played. Their 2013 full-length debut Miss Me boasts a collection of impassioned, invigorating, and irresistible songs that are as fresh as they are fiery. Raquel discovered music very early on and became driven to sing and perform. Despite all of her formal training, she charismatically taps into an utterly effusive energy that borders on punk panache. "We want to play loud music with a groove that people can dance and drink to," she declares. "You've got to physically feel it when we're on stage or in your speakers. It has to be loud, dirty and gritty. Meeting her six-piece band while still attending class, they collectively began pursuing their own "party" in 2011, gigging tirelessly everywhere they could. A year later, the group hit the studio to record what would eventually become Miss Me. With drummer Sam Brawner producing, and engineering/mixing from Keith Armstrong at Chris Lord-Algae's studio Mix LA, they injected raw power into the music. You can hear it loud and clear on the first single and title track, "Miss Me". Blending intricate instrumentation and Raquel's infectious delivery, the song is something of a call-to-arms. "It's an anthem," she admits. "It's a girl singing about a guy who took advantage of her and didn't do anything for her. Now, because she's successful and he's not, he wants her back. She always warned him like, 'One day, you're going to miss me'. She was right." Elsewhere on the album, "Tell Me It's Fine" paints a poignant picture via her vivid lyrics and the music's sultry swing. "It's about a relationship where both people are really stubborn," she goes on. "Neither side wants to end it so they stick it out, stay together, and hope it's fine." For the bonus track "Already Beat", Raquel and co. worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Andrew Scheps [Adele]. After winning the nationwide 2012 College Battle of the Bands, they received the opportunity to work with the renowned talent. Now, she's ready to show the world how soul is really done. "It's only old school in the sense of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder making crowds get up and move," she concludes. "We wanted to bring our own spirit to something that's inspired us so much. We hope everyone wants to crank our music as loudly as possible." Raquel's merely commenced her journey, and it's going to be quite a wild ride.
Flavia and the Red:
Los Angeles-based band, Flavia & The Red, has shot onto the music scene like a bullet. The principal singer and songwriter is 22-year-old Flavia Watson. Born in California, but raised through her formative years in Ireland and Italy, Flavia exhibits a traveled and seasoned prowess that most women her age lack. Equipped with a sultry and soulful voice, her presence is the personification of the color red—emotional, fiery, and passionate. After various lineup changes, the band now consists of Chris Pucher on guitar, Isaac Watts on drums, Rich Brown on keys, and Max Benson on bass. The band’s overall sound contains elements of classic and modern R&B, pop, and rock. Anchored by a tight rhythm section, the music exhibits memorable melodies and interactive improvisation with Flavia’s emotional and poetic lyrics at the forefront.
In remembrance of vintage sounds of the past comes Soul Scratch. This Los Angeles based band pulls from the sounds of the JB's, The Meters, Ray Charles, Nina Simone, Etta James, and the like all while adding their own contemporary perspectives. Bringing together members of other wildly popular Los Angeles area bands: Odessa, The Q’s – Soul Scratch brings harkens back to the old school. The times of men in hats, women with gloves, and musicians who were proficient with their tools of the trade. With a vast array of previous music backgrounds and styling, ranging from punk to soul, from reggae to funk, from hip hop to progressive rock, Soul Scratch is an eclectic group of truly talented performers seeking to spread their own sound and fresh take on timeless classics. The shared love of good music permeates through their set and sways its listeners to move and groove with them