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About AIFF: AIFF are in long terms Afro Influenced Funk Federation. The Dutch musicians around DJ and producer Phil Martin and musician Ton van der Kolk play an enormous groove establishing their own version of afro-funk. Influenced by classic afro funk like Fela Kuti, they try to bring afro-funk to a new dimension. Like other actual afro funk projects, they integrate all their musical influences in their tracks. The favourite styles they melt to their unique sound range from deep-funk, soul and jazz to reggae and afro music. They just love all kinds of roots music.

AIFF give proof to the fact that young musicians can make music in an afrobeat way. The percussions are breathing in a wide space, the guitar simply forces you to dance and the horns change from mellow to rude style. You can feel the “endless groove“ rising, which is when a base rhythm of drums, muted guitar and bass are repeated like the groove will never end. AIFF played most instruments on their own, for the vocals and horns they just asked friends they like to work with like Marco Hijl on saxophone and flute.
Ton and Phil have known each other for a very long time. They have been friends since they were teenagers. Their love for old funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop, reggae and other grooves lead to the result of “Afro Soul System“. On the album, they use all the right elements from the old afro beat history and develop a unique new but „old“ sound: afro beat drums and percussions combined with these melodic funky guitar parts, the recognizable fender rhodes and organ parts and heavy, mean and rough horn sections. And all together, the result is the endless groove through a repetitive element in trippy grooves.
AIFF are in a par with other actual projects who like to sound old and every now, like Quantic, New Mastersounds and Speedometer. The old funk and soul stuff from the sixties and seventies are great influences as there is, of course, the legend of afro funk, Fela Kuti. In actual music, they love the Daktaris (Desco Records) and the Budos Band for their afro-funk with that old sound.

At the moment, AIFF are “only“ a studio project. Their music needs a whole bunch of musicians on stage, thus they do their live shows like a sound system using dubplates and tape delays with Crucial T. as a toaster and Marco Hijl on sax. They are great in rocking the crowd now, but AIFF like to go a step further and play as a “real“ live band in the future. So we can hope to see an enthusiastic afro funk live band soon.

AIFF really have a mission, they want to show you their passion for the music they love in their own demanding way. Let them take you to a powerful trip into their own world of afro funk!

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