"Double Beat explores future funk and electronic territories of Africanism with a tribute of honor and respect to the old school of James Brown and Fela Kuti"
Double Beat is a project by Stefano Ghittoni, member of The Dining Rooms, and the talented young producer Marco Rigamonti. Both of them are DJ’s and the met in the late 2002 at the Magazzini Generali club in Milan, when Marco joined Stefano as resident DJ for Wednesday nights (Stefano has been playing there since 1986 and they are both still working there). Their cooperation started in the Summer of 2003, when Stefano listened to an old school Breakbeat Funk demo by Marco and offered to produce it. While producing the track, they realized that the vibes were good and decided to write more tracks. That’s how the Double Beat project was born! The duo spent the late 2003 and the early 2004 in a studio, producing new tracks for their debut album and remixing “Milano Double Standard” for the Italian hipster band Casino Royale. In the meantime, Big Sur Recordings (Schema’s sub-label run by Stefano Ghittoni himself) released the first two singles by Double Beat: “Voodoo Funk”(BS001) and “Hear, Sugar”(BS005). Double Beat’s debut album was released in November 2004, as a journey into psychedelic grooves. It is titled “International Funk Music”(BS007). Their motto remained, “Funk is the Key”, and they have become locksmiths of it by now. “Something New” is their 2nd album coming to life 2 and a half years after their debut and it does present some novelty if compared to “International Funk Music”. The latest album is entitled “Something New”(BS017), an up-tempo Funk ride resembling a 70’s movie chase-up. Fast, funky, with infectious riffs. Double Beat remain linked to the Old School of Funk but the stance they want to make in the second work is immediately perceptible in a more evident use of electronic sounds and equipment. A contemporary interpretation of Funk in various contaminations.