Hearing Aide: Turkuaz ‘Digitonium’

The nine piece funk phenomenon known as Turkuaz are releasing a new studio album Digitonium on Oct 2. The 23 track album is a mature testament to the bands growing sound that continues to push the boundaries of funk with heavy ’80s influences. The album is full of instrumental segues of experimental melodies that set the stage for evolutionary funk tunes with classic, raw Turkuaz energy. Digitonium is built upon layers of exploratory themes, characters and repetitive lyrics that get the listener to pause, rewind and think outside the album. It’s the future of retro pop funk.

While the entire album is thoroughly enjoyable, some songs are sure to be stand out favorites. “Nightswimming” has that familiar Turkuaz pop rhythm, blaring horn build ups and catchy chorus that is sure to make it a big hit when performed live. “Percy Thrills The Moondog” explodes out of the speakers in true Turkuaz nature of slamming guitar riffs and crashing cymbals, complete with growling, barking and howling.“Doktor Jazz” has groovy bass plucking with rain fall synth melody and haunting, echoing vocals that give it a mad scientist toe tapping vibe. One track with possibly the heaviest 80s sound is “European Festivity Nightmare” with dark lyrics set to an upbeat digitalized street rhythm that sends the heart racing like Talking Head’s “Psycho Killer”. Digitonium is the ideal listen for any pre-party or when you are just ready to share in the groove.

In celebration of their new album, Turkuaz will perform a two night run at Brooklyn Bowl in their hometown of NYC on Sept. 29 with Polyrhythmics and Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band on the 30th with the PitchBlak Brass Band on both nights. You can pick up a copy of Digitonium at their merch table at any of their many fall shows across the country or download online via iTunes on Oct. 2.

Key Tracks: Nightswimming , Percy Thrills The Moondog, Doktor Jazz

Fall Tour Dates:

09/29 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl**+
09/30 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl*+
10/01 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club*
10/02 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall*
10/08 – Phoenix, AZ – Last Exit Live
10/09 – Joshua Tree, CA – Joshua Tree Festival
10/10 – Flagstaff, AZ – Orpheum Theatre
10/11 – Albuquerque, NM – Marble Brewery
10/14 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads***
10/15 – Ozark, AR – Phases of The Moon
10/16 – Ozark, AR – Phases of The Moon
10/17 – Denver, CO – Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom****
10/20 – Missoula, MT – Stage 112
10/21 – Moscow, ID – John’s Alley Tavern****
10/22 – Boise, ID – The Reef****
10/24 – Placerville, CA – Hangtown Halloween Ball
10/25 – Placerville, CA – Hangtown Halloween Ball
10/28 – Bend, OR – Domino Room****
10/29 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern****
10/30 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom****
10/31 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall****
11/04 – Fort Worth, TX – The Live Oak Music Hall
11/05 – Austin, TX – Spider House Ballroom
11/06 – Houston, TX – Last Concert Cafe
11/07 – New Orleans, LA – The Parish at H.O.B.
11/10 – Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
11/11 – Atlanta, GA – Aisle 5
11/12 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Pour House&
11/13 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live&
11/14 – Boca Raton, FL – Funky Biscuit&
11/15 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar Live&
11/18 – Charlotte, NC – The Rabbit Hole&
11/19 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House&
11/20 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
11/21 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

* with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
** with Polyrhythmics
*** with Roxy Roca
**** with The Quick & Easy Boys
& with The Fritz
+ with PitchBlak Brass Band