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Outrun is inspired by the Sega arcade game from the 1980's. The major tonality of the chord progressions and the feel of the song remind us of the soundtrack for the game; if you recall the game, you're driving down the strip, palm trees are swaying, sun is shining, and there's a righteous babe in the passenger seat.

We leaned into a Vulfpeck kinda cheesy-cum-funk groove. Embrace the yachty glory.


released December 1, 2017
Music by: John Wedeles
Producer: Astronaut Jones
Recorded by: Max Kuzmyak
Mixed by: Max Kuzmyak
Mastering by: Steven Berson (Total Sonic Media)

Backbeat Underground--
Organ/Synth: Paul Haney
Drums: Reggie "RJ" James
Bass: Gerald Pierce
Alto Sax: Satya Thallam
Guitar: John Wedeles

Recorded: March 18, 2017 at The Aboveground (Arlington, VA)
Cover Design: Gerald Pierce


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Backbeat Underground Washington, D.C.

Born in the depths of subterranean groove gatherings, Backbeat Underground is a Washington, DC based instrumental funk group with soul jazz influences. Bringing their years of collective experience in the DC and NYC music scenes, the band delivers tight, energetic sets steeped in fresh improvisation and head-bopping, booty-shaking pockets. ... more

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