The Poets of Rhythm are a VERY important funk band. In fact they are a very important German funk band. Didn’t think you’d ever hear that sentence did you, well, think again.

Back in the ‘90s, a time when most of our ears were filled with the alternating din of angsty grunge and synthesized pseudo-soul, a couple of German kids AKA The Poets Of Rhythm unearthed a raw sound inspired by 60s and 70s US funk. For a time they revelled in the borrowed nostalgia of bell-bottoms and fur coats, though their style was always in spite of fashion, not because of it. They drew from the sound of old funk records, not as a mould, but as inspiration, understanding that sound would always be an origin of their music, but unlike many ‘soul revivalists’ to follow, they never settled for it as a destination.

As an homage to the undeniably funky frontrunners of the modern soul movement, Shock Records are proud to present the definitive collection of The Poets Of Rhythm’s tunes, respectfully curated by Daptone staff and the band themselves.

It’s been 20 years since their first recording session, and this anthology celebrates their decade-long journey from the raw exuberant rebellion of ‘Funky Train’, to the moody hypnotic explorations of ‘Discern and Define’, and for the first time EVER on wax, the eerie, relaxed groovier ‘Path of Life’ – a journey that truly earns them their name: The Poets of Rhythm. OUT NOW ON DOUBLE VINYL and a CD make sure you get that groove today!


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