Electric Kif: The Perfect Balance of Funky Fusion and Righteous Prog
The four gents from Electric Kif either come from South Florida or Planet Earth; there’s some debate about that. Regardless, Florida will claim this outstanding group who describe their music as “post nuclear.” The tore the roof off the sucker figuratively at the recent Suwannee Hulaween celebration.
As we reported at the time:
We here in the Sunshine State have always raved about Miami’s Electric Kif, but this set was simply beyond stupid, whatever that means. Mostly, it means we stood there with our jaws on the ground the whole time. Their blistering version of fusion raised the temperature a bunch. They featured tunes from outstanding new album Jefe, but the highlight was a face-melting take on Herbie Hancock’s “Hang Up Your Hang-Ups” that also featured some stunning lighting from the Receptor Lighting and Sound crew manning the Campground Stage.
Then our writer Dalia Jakubauskas wrote about her “Suwannee Hulaween Undercard Discoveries: The Must-See Up-and-Comers.” She had a lot more to say:
Miami’s own Electric Kif closed down The Campground Stage on Spirit Lake with audacious flare. Consisting of bassist Rodrigo Zambrano, keyboardist Jason Matthews, drummer Armando Lopez, and guitarist Eric Escanes, the power quartet served up a mashup of instrumental splendor with jazz fusion, synth rock and drum & bass electronica as key ingredients to their appeal. Their ferocious set was a display of focus and fearlessness that drew in dozens of revelers who could not resist the muscular, psychedelic grooves pouring off the stage.
No strangers to Hulaween, the band triggered a raging dance party where their performance was a demonstration of the kind of call and response shared by musicians and fans deep into symbiotic grooves. Dozens of curious revelers were irresistibly and happily drawn into Kif’s cosmic, “post-nuclear” vortex where they played a catalog of dance-inducing tunes including selections off Jefe, their latest stellar album released in September.
From the opener “Three Body Problem,” a magnificent dream ride of drums and synth-laden beats, and ending with “National Anthem,” an eerie climb through time and space, Electric Kif never took their foot off the gas. If you’re in Florida, you can catch them at Dunedin Brewery on November 16 and at The North Beach Band Shell in Miami Beach on November 21. Look for more dates to be announced, and click the links below to keep up with the band.
Electric Kif are ready to explode. Jefe and these live performances, including Hometeam New Year’s Rally and Suwannee Rising, are clear indications that the time is right for Electric Kif. And be sure to check out TWYN, a side project of Jason Matthews. Look for more shows to be announced.
11/16 Dunedin Brewery Dunedin FL
11/21 North Beach Bandshell | Miami Beach FL
02/27 The Evening Muse | Charlotte NC w/ Shaun Martin