Continental Drift
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Continental Drift

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Austin, Texas, United States
Established on Jan, 2014
Band World Psychedelic




"Deli Artist of the Month Continental Drift's Layered New EP"

Here's one from August Artist of the Month Continental Drift, who were helped to their win by this excellent new record. The self-titled, two-track EP from Continental Drift here feels like it has more heart and soul than most albums being released these days. Performed by a ten-piece band, the music here centers on Afro beats while flawlessly weaving in funk, soul, and psychedelic grooves to the mix as well. Whether you enjoy all of those genres or none of them, this EP is bound to reel you in and keep you hooked for its short fifteen-minute duration.

The first track, "Afropsychic," starts out with only a couple instruments pitching in, and as the song progresses the rest of the band joins in one by one, almost like a relay race for music. As each band member joins in, the song grows in its drama and intensity, making it feel as though a narrative is being carried, and not just some cool beats. What’s great about it is that it all feels spontaneous, and not just with "Afropsychic" - the quality spontaneity runs through "Conductive" (the second track) as well. Both songs sound like ten people with amazing chemistry walked into the studio and just jammed for twenty minutes. It’s also worth mentioning that even though the EP has only two songs on it, each of those songs carry so much variety that one could mistake this for a four or five track EP.

Give the EP a listen or download for free below, or mark your schedules for the second Sunday of every month and head over to Stay Gold in Austin for their live residency.

Continental Drift EP: Listen/download here!


Nicholas Gomez

@feedbackjunkies - Deli Magazine

"Continental Drift on KUTX"

The ground is trembling – it must be Continental Drift!
Continental Drift is a 10-piece from Austin, playing Afro-centric grooves interwoven with Latin and American funk, soul, and psychedelia.
For some time, David Dalton (guitar), Jake Ames (guitar), Jedidiah Rodriguez (bass), Chris Sawyer (drums), Fernando Flores (percussion) Zach Boston (percussion), Shane Walden (trumpet/trombone), Matt Kelly (tenor sax), Matt Moore (baritone/alto sax), and Casey Clemmons (keys) have been blending funky, psychedelic African, Latin, and American grooves to bring listeners to an otherworldly sonic plain. This Saturday, Continental Drift will celebrate the release of their debut EP alongside Golden Dawn Arkestra, Tele Novella, Bamako Airlines, and Cilantro Boombox.
You can check out Continental Drift on Saturday, August 22nd at the Historic Scoot Inn or you can stream them right here at KUTX! - KUTX

"How Did I get Here? With Johnny Goudie"

My guests for episode 401 are jedidiah and david from the ten piece, Afro beat/psych band, Continental Drift. These guys are about to release their debut ep in a few weeks. I had the pleasure of sitting down with these cats yesterday and chatting about west african music, what is psychedelic music, maintaining order in a 10-peice band, recording live, working out songs at shows and much, much more. These guys are amazing musicians with a great vision and i really enjoyed getting to know them. I'm sure you will too. let's get down! - Johnny Goudie


2015: Continental Drift EP



Continental Drift is a powerful 9-piece band from Austin Texas that makes funky Afro-Latin psychedelia that people can't help but dance to.

They take many of their musical cues from Nigerian icon Fela Kuti, Ethiopian legend Mulatu Astatke, classic Chicha bands from Peru, and many lesser known acts across Africa and Latin America that show up on compilations found digging through crates of vinyl at record shops. But the influences definitely don't stop there. You'll hear psychedelic desert-music and surf-rock influences, some James Brown soul, a touch of Pink Floyd, and some serious Latin flavor coming from a musically and culturally diverse rhythm section.

These influences combined with some serious creative expression completely unique to the band, Continental Drift puts on captivating live shows that keep the dance floor moving and leave fellow musicians intrigued. The band creates this balance by focusing on the subtleties of musicality without forgetting the most important thing: to always honor the groove.

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