Space Kadet's New EP 'Ultra Funkular' Hits On All Cylinders September 01, 2017 12:52

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Words by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen

Atlanta-based jamtronic act Space Kadet has just released its latest studio work in the form of a five-song EP titled Ultra Funkular. Mastered by Papadosio's Anthony ThogmartinUltra Funkular perfectly captures the atmospheric, jazzy funk that this four-piece has become known for since its inception in 2014. One of our favorite elements about this band is its ability to navigate between improv jam and electronic boundaries, making way for a uniquely diverse final product. 

The EP's title track features Louisiana-based trumpet player / producer Ryan Viser, who provides some additional adrenaline into an already impelling dance tune. Ultra Funkular's first single, "French Elevators," has an funky, old school Sector 9 to it, and the vocal samples from The Temptation's "I Wish It Would Rain" will undoubtedly catch the attention of any potential listener. Drummer Rohan Prakesh and percussionist Phil Ordonez hold down a wildly tight beat throughout "Junsuina," and Thomas Garret's jazzy guitar influence certainly shines throughout the track. The final track, "BTSD," seems the most electronic of the bunch but still maintains a notably melodic, groovy bass line (via Alex Etheridge) at its core.

Overall, Ultra Funkuluar more than lives up to its catchy title, and there's no doubt that Space Kadet offers something that just about any music fan can get down to. See below to stream the EP in its entirety. Space Kadet's next show will be at Imagine Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway (September 22nd - 24th). More dates will be announced in the near future, including an STS9 after party in St Augustine, FL on October 7th with Artifakts at The Elk Lodge.

Listen to Space Kadet's 'Ultra Funkular' here:

Space Kadet explores many genres on the electronic instrumental spectrum with a deep emphasis on creating a spacey funky atmosphere and sound, always leaving the listener in a trance. The band taps into a variety of genres ranging from high energy driven electro-funk to hip hop infused drum and bass into trap, deep dub, house, break beats and more. Recently, the band has shared the stage with praised acts such as The Russ Liquid Test, Zoogma, Sunsquabi, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Werks, Govinda, Higher Learning as well as playing acclaimed festivals such as Purple Hatters Ball, Imagine Festival, Sweetwater 420 festival and Zen Awakening. Space Kadet came together to form an always changing, never ending, groovy space odyssey. 

Space Kadet is: Rohan Prakash (Drums and Production), Alex Etheridge (Bass and Production), Thomas Garret (Guitar) and Phil Ordonez (Percussion).