Single Review: Magnolia Mansion // BARBUDO

‘Magnolia Mansion’ is the new groove infused single from the dynamic duo, BARBUDO. This track exudes everything you could want from a dreamy disco super hit and combines modern sounds to create something memorable and instantly appealing. ‘Magnolia Mansion’ was released on the 2nd of October but if you haven’t heard it, here are some reasons to give it a listen.

The track begins like many other iconic funk, soul and disco numbers; with the recognisable sound of bongo drums that are swiftly joined by bouncy bass licks and fast paced guitar strums. The attraction to the song is immediate, with each layer perfectly complimenting the next. This pop-funk track comes from sibling duo Ben and Harry Stanworth and was produced in their studio in south of England. It’s clear that the pair have taken inspiration from the pioneers of funk, soul and disco as the track blends a classic sound with a stylish vibe that oozes charm and millennial zeitgeist. Near the end of the track we hear familiar funk-disco walking bass patterns that are matched with skilful guitar melodies before the pizzazz is ramped up for the last chorus. Pop-synths are used in the outro and ultimately add to the tracks charm.

A by-product of experimenting with an old tape machine, the track emits a smooth, sultry sound, whilst packing a punch through its move-inducing baseline groove. ‘Magnolia Mansion’ encapsulates the sensation that comes late spring/early summer where everything starts to warm up and there’s a certain feeling in the air which makes you relax and have a good time. The brothers explain, “Magnolia Mansion is in itself an ideal – a place in the ether, that we can all transport to when the sun is beaming down but at the same time encourages us to think about change within and without, linking escapism and personal discovery.” 

BARBUDO are known for their unforgettable live performances and have managed to capture that same energy in this latest release, creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere but with a tight rhythm section that’s reminiscent of the likes of the The J.B.’s and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. The result is a fun and vibrant bop that still offers heaps of musical maturity.

Words by Aisha Fatunmbi-Randall


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