You know a band is destined for greatness when you hear their recorded music and think, “this would be insane live.” London-based band Franc Moody has that going for them and more. Using dazzling loops and big '70s disco energy, the sextet radiate something like what Sly & The Family Stone or Parliament would come together to create in 2020. But along with their unique sound, they also know how to throw one hell of a party/concert (we can’t tell the difference when it comes to their performances).
During their first shows—which were often held in warehouses—attendees would see improvised instrument swapping, members sitting on each other’s shoulders, crowd surfing and mosh pits galore. These one-of-a-kind sets have both help Franc Moody gain a cult following and perfect their music in a very DIY fashion. For proof of the latter, listen closely to discover sound experimentation in their music including (but not limited to) pant zippers, radiators, and salt shakers, but this experimentation has definitely worked.
While their breakout hit “Dopamine” first caught our attention in 2017, their new single “Skin to Skin” off their debut LP, Dream in Colour, has only furthered our obsession with the rising six-piece. The track is bright and jumping as Ned and Jon’s smooth vocals coat the bass line in perfect harmony. The thumping beat is crisp, pausing only for the refrain “All we need’s a little skin to skin/ toe to toe.” For Dream in Colour, which hit shelves today, Franc Moody explore the current phenomenon of having a complex life online and having to switch back to existing IRL. It’s clear they’re examining their place in the world and concurrently grabbing into the sonic past.
Currently promoting their new music on a world tour, Franc Moody took some time to share their funk filled playlist of oldies and goodies with us. Check it out below and be sure to listen to Dream in Colour, which is now available on all streaming platforms!
One of the best tunes of 2019. Can’t believe it still has under 100k plays. Feels like a proper underground tune.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with the legend that is Phairo. It’s rare to find dance music of this calibre. “Shed Beets” is a must listen EP.
One of funk’s OG’s. Music doesn’t get smoother than this.
No better way to shuffle our way through traffic jams than with one of the greatest Hammond players of all time. This swings like a disgruntled passenger at a budget airline customer service desk.
On long journeys it’s helpful to choose long songs, especially when the bassline is as good as this. Larry Graham is a big Franc Moody inspiration, chunky bass weavery of the highest order here.
Great disco style groove here. Sounds a bit like funk on horseback. Love how the tune builds, and the space between instruments. Normally in a Franc Moody tune we do the opposite and pile as many parts into the sardine tin as we can.
This was shown to us by a good friend of ours a while back and has been on repeat ever since. Beautiful Turkish tune.
We love this remix from Canadian native Pomo. We do a lot of remixes ourselves so it’s always interesting for us to hear people really adding their own flavours to tunes that are already so familiar and amazing.
Jon’s favourite ever record. Ned’s second favourite song (after the national anthem). This tune is sheer joy.
Two incredible artists that combine as well as sausage and eggs (Scotch Eggs), haricot beans and tomato (Baked Beans) and ketchup and mayonnaise (Mary Rose Sauce). Who the f**k came up with idea (they should be knighted)?