The psychedelic funk of George Clinton, the brooding menace of Massive Attack, the rolling hypnotic beats of Happy Mondays and the vision and flow of Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five are all essential ingredients to the sound and style of The Winachi Tribe, a sonic soul, electro funk collective who are unconstrained by boundaries or formulas, musically or culturally.
Although ‘Time For Love’ is The Winachi Tribe’s debut release, individual band members are already well established on the music scene. Percussion legend Inder Goldfinger was a member of Ian Brown’s band for thirteen years, and vocalist Liam and keys player Antony collaborated with Keith Allen in the studio and also toured with him as vocalists in his band ‘Fit Les’ as part of his Olympic opera ‘Will Cliff Be There?’
‘Time For Love’ b-side ‘Plant The Seed’, which features Julie Gordon (Happy Mondays / S.W.R), has been chosen to feature in an upcoming feature length documentary about legendary night club The Hacienda. Titled ‘Do You Own The Dancefloor?’ the film premieres at Glastonbury Festival’s Groovy Movie Cinema Tent on Saturday 27th June at 6pm.
The Winachi Tribe’s influences are as diverse as their own musical output. Parliament/Funkadelic and Sly & The Family Stone sit alongside The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, creating a melting pot of references that create a truly individual sound.
Vocalist Liam says “You can hear different influences in our music and maybe take a guess as to what we were listening to when we wrote a certain song, but you can’t really pin us down into any specific genre. One thing that ties all our music together though is us. Our stamp is all over it. Wether it’s an electro-funk track, an acid house inspired track or a stripped down acoustic song you know it’s us by the feel and the attitude of what you’re hearing.”
The video to accompany ‘Time For Love’ stars Keith Allen playing an older version of vocalist Liam. Also making a cameo is lead singer of Alabama 3, The Reverend D Wayne Love as the DJ at the club. “We had a lot of fun making the video” Liam says . “I hope that comes across when people watch it. I think it captures the feel of the song perfectly.”
Horns come courtesy of Tim Hutton (Ian Brown / The Prodigy). The tracks were mixed by LC Coleman, produced by The Winachi Tribe and mastered at Abbey Road by Geoff Pesche.