Ouch! Hot Fiyah alert. Lugnut Brand Records sent us over a scorcher of a 45, that sounds like it was dug up in the heart of New Orleans in the late 60’s, but in fact, is their latest 7″ release. The M-Tet’s “Number One” is another 45 that is flying under the radar of Funk collectors only for now. The cat will be out of the bag shortly on this funky outfit for sure. With a respectful nod to the Meters, this quartet that features Joe Baer Magnant on Guitar, Gary Pitman on Hammond Organ, Chris Lujan on Fender Bass, and Mike Reed on Drums goes full speed ahead on this release. With plenty of Hammond groove to go around, this record has a groove that moves you. So before you can say “Come on groove!”, the A side kicks in and takes off. There is not enough Hammond out there these days, so these guys are happy to fill the void. A perfect example of the taking the unfuckable with old sounds and putting their modern twist on it (but not too much, just enough). The flip side, “Bikes” is a down tempo slow burner of a B-Side that is nasty, dirty, and best of all, FUNKY. Focus on a hearty back beat and guitar until..wait for it…the slow churning Hammond comes in and crushes. It brings back memories of seeing Jimmy Smith at The Twenty Tank Brewery back in the day. “Music for Black folks”, Jimmy quipped, laughing and pointing in my white boy direction as I pointed back nervously. I knew what he meant, but seriously, The M-Tet are for everyone who wants to move and groove. It’s evident that they are on to something, and you best get on the train and ride it before you miss it. Hailing from San Francisco Bay Area, this funky quartet get their influences from the Meters (no surprise there), Booker T. and the MG’s, and Lee Dorsey among others. They have a full length out called Hot Buttered Rum available on iTunes, and hoping it comes to vinyl very, very soon. We will keep you posted on that for sure. Now in the meantime, make some room on your shelves or record box for this side.
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