First Listen: Ultra Van Krome stops us with "Kryptonite"

(January 16, 2020) If a message needs to be delivered on the subject of love and peace, it might as well be handled on the dancefloor, where music still serves as the universal language.  And Ultra Van Krome unapologetically injects the funk of the Minneapolis Sound into those situations with a funk base that moves and shakes the soul to its core. 

Since his debut CD, Cyber Funkist, in 2015, the Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter/musician (AKA Stevie Ray Mays) has thoroughly subscribed to one nation under a groove, especially as a self-prescribed therapy for his various health challenges.  And SoulTrackers have fully appreciated that honorable artistic service and dedication to old-school funk served the old-fashioned way.  

(January 16, 2020) If a message needs to be delivered on the subject of love and peace, it might as well be handled on the dancefloor, where music still serves as the universal language.  And Ultra Van Krome unapologetically injects the funk of the Minneapolis Sound into those situations with a funk base that moves and shakes the soul to its core. 

Since his debut CD, Cyber Funkist, in 2015, the Portland, Oregon singer/songwriter/musician (AKA Stevie Ray Mays) has thoroughly subscribed to one nation under a groove, especially as a self-prescribed therapy for his various health challenges.  And SoulTrackers have fully appreciated that honorable artistic service and dedication to old-school funk served the old-fashioned way.  

Now proceeding full throttle in his latest attitude of gratitude, Van Krome sends a snippet of what’s on the horizon for his latest full-length.  The storyline behind “Kryptonite” centers on a campy superhero theme, driven by a crisp toe-tapping jam – declaring how straight to the heart romance conquers all.  Naturally, fun frosted funk rules as the Van Krome digs his musical claws in a Prince-like vamp and reveals the humanity of superheroes when it comes to love: “I used to feel like a man of steel/But I don’t no more.”  At the end of “Kryptonite,” the man eventually wins the lady over while the beats play on.  Welcome back Van Krome, and thank you for your funky service to music fans.

By Peggy Oliver

Ultra Van Krome - "Kryptonite"

 

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