Born Funky Born Free

by Lo Carmen

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Rock On 04:58
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Chiquita Dub 03:27
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The Doctor 03:50
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Gemini 03:53
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Loene Carmen’s solo debut, the psychedelic bedroom recorded opus Born Funky Born Free, reflects her love of Funkadelic, Sly and Robbie style dub, old school country music and is in part a homage to legendary 70’s nasty gal Betty Davis.
Loene recorded the album, programmed the beats on her father’s ancient drum machine and played most of the instruments.
Also featuring Simon Day (RatCat), James Cruickshank (Cruel Sea), Cathy Green (X) and the mysterious Kristyna.


“... like a femme-fatale fronted Hendrix/Velvet Underground freaky reggae dub party!” (Revolver)

“...a sensual, lo-fi trance inducing record that tacks together everything from funk and soul, blues, rock and psychedelia to dub and beats.. .it is Carmen’s show and she creates a sweaty, slithering sound” (The Age)

“This solo album is witness to Loene's distinctive talent...like nuthin’ you’ve ever heard before” (Drum Media)

“Slow, sultry and mesmerising...Lee Perry would be proud” (Inpress)

credits

released January 3, 2002

All songs performed and recorded by Loene Carmen with additional recording by Cathy Green.
James Cruickshank - gtr on 'Born Funky', keys on 'Girl You Feel..'
Simon Day - gtr on 'My Friends Call Me Foxy'
Cathy Green - bass/bvs on 'Rock On', 'Half Girl Half Beast' and 'Drag The River'
Kristyna - gtr on 'White Wine & Cigarettes'
Mixed by Chris Townend with Loene Carmen at Big Jesus Burger Studios, Darlinghurst, Australia
Mastered by Chris Townend

Cover photo by Monica McMahon
Inside photo by Juliet John

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Lo Carmen Los Angeles, California

Lo Carmen has a way with words, confessionary tones pervade her songs; equal parts rolling narratives, romantic rumination and restless, slow burning country soul. Using her gifts for wry lyricism and close to the bone observation, Carmen spins gold from playful twists of phrase, letting her lyrics and gilded vocals shine among the supernatural country arrangements. ... more

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