Dirty Linen - 4-5/99, pp.84, 86
"...IN THE BUZZ BIN was laid down in only two weeks, and live performances have garnered even more wild wonder. It's a small world after all."
Brooklyn Funk Essentials include: Yancy Drew Lambert (vocals, drums); Papa Dee, Stephanie McKay, Sha-Key, Everton Sylvester, Ipec Scnot (vocals); Lati Kronlund (guitar, bass); Yildiran Goz (oud); Bassy Bob Brockman (trumpet, flugelhorn); Joshua Roseman (trombone); E.J. Rodriguez (percussion).
Personnel: Papa Dee, Stephanie McKay (vocals, background vocals); Everton Sylvester, Ipek Senot, Sh„-Key (vocals); Lati Vironlund (guitar); ™zkan Allici, Necati Senot (baglama); G”kcan Senasik (violin); Paul Shapiro (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); T?rker Dinletir (zurna); H?sn? Senlendirici (clarinet); Bob Brockman (trumpet, flugelhorn); Josh Roseman (trombone); Paul Zerang (keyboards, dumbek); Etienne Stadwijk (keyboards, background vocals); E.J. Rodriguez (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Lati Kronlund; Bob Brockman.
Recording information: Imaj Studios, Istanbul, Turkey (03/11/1998-03/20/1998).
Editor: Scott Paul.
Photographer: Bart Everly.
Their moniker is deceptive because this huge (23-piece) outfit deals in everything from global dub ("Istanbul Twilight") to Middle-Eastern bass-and-drums ("By and Bye"). While this far-flung stylistic sampling might result in havoc, these folks keep it real by focusing on the groove. When they do kick into a straight-ahead funk riff on the title track, even this is peppered with their clever melding of Eastern motifs and dancehall vocals. This is something else, and that's a good thing. ~ Tim Sheridan