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Engelram The album is like the (gorgeous) album cover: spicy, colorful and biting. Favorite track: In the Name of What?.
Doctor Jake
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Doctor Jake This band smokes hot FIRE! Their Afrobeat always reminds me of Fela Kuti. They are a powerful band of well-accomplished musicians who lay down the Afro-groove unlike any other!! Favorite track: Sweet Tooth.
Bart Furp
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Bart Furp Yet another example of interesting album-cover artwork forcing me to listen to a band I'd never heard of, and being knocked out by the sounds therein. Gotta mention Vinny Naro as the cover artist, just because.

And what an album! It's big, it's mean, it's a badass sound machine!! Favorite track: Junkies Everywhere.
evan bozarth
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evan bozarth next level post-modern afrobeat/jazz/funk Favorite track: Junkies Everywhere.
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Moni Afrobeat of the future, here today. Lovely stuff from this New York band. Favorite track: In the Name of What?.
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Whoa Gosh 04:09
Sweet Tooth 06:19
Contraband 06:10
Wolfpack 06:37


The Third Full length release from the fierce and funky Big Mean Sound Machine. Recorded Live in the summer and winter of 2013, Contraband is a new chapter in the life of Big Mean.


released May 27, 2014

Alicia Aubin // Trombone
Andrew Klein // Drums, Cymbals
Angelo Peters // Electric Bass, Moog, Arp & Aceto Synths
Bobby Spellman // Trumpet
Bryan Davis // Shekere, Effects
Damien Scalise //Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Dan Barker // Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Moog Synths
Dana Billings // Minimoog, Hammond Organ, Percussion
Emily Pecoraro // Flute, Bass Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet
Jamie Yaman // Tenor Saxophone
Kyle Oestreich // Korg Polysix, Organs, Wurlitzer Electric Piano
Lucas Ashby // Congas, Blocks, Bells, Percussion
Remy Kunstler // Baritone Saxophone

All Music Wriitten, Arranged and Performed by Big Mean Sound Machine
Produced by Angelo Peters and Big Mean Sound Machine
Released on Angry Mom Records 2014
Recorded Live August 6th through 10th and December 5 through 7th 2013

Tracks 1,2,3,5,6,7 and 9 Engineered by Matt Succuccimorano at Electric Wilburland
Newfield, NY. August 2013
Tracks 4 and 8 Engineered by Robert Hunter At The Old Enfield Baptist Church
Enfield, NY. December 2013
Mixing and Additional engineering by Angelo Peters at Big Mean Studios, Ithaca, NY
Mastered by Dana Billings at Electric Wilburland, Newfield, NY

Artwork by Vinny Naro
Graphic Layout by Pat Burke

Many, Many Thanks to:
George and Angry Mom Records, Matt “Tape” SuccucciMorano, Robert “Dobby” Hunter, Trevor Macdonald, Jeb Puryear, Pat Burke, Shawn Ward, Will Russell, Casey Martin, Bob Curatolo, Chris Mazer, Dan Smalls, Darrel & Jay with the Haunt, Matt & Justin with Lot 10, Jason & Eric with the Dock, Jordan Aceto, Yao Foli “Cha Cha” Augustine, Allison DeDominick & Arte, James Elkins, Tomas Black & New Green Gates Pottery, Bob Priest, Gus Dusenbury, Jonathan & Nikki with Local Shakes, Rumble Seat Music, McNieil Music, Telefunken Microphones, Mosaic Foundation, John Brown’s Body, Smackdab, Mojo’s, The Bob Moog Foundation, Ithaca History Museum, Northstar Ithaca, All the Big Mean Families and everyone else we forgot to mention....


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Big Mean Sound Machine Ithaca, New York

Big Mean Sound Machine is Fierce.

Meditation meets Party Music.

A thunderous dance party that fuses Afrobeat, Funk, Latin and Psychedelia, BMSM is constantly charting new territory. With their latest, independently-produced album "Runnin' for the Ghost," the band is poised to continue its exponential growth, uniting people and genres along the way.

Now's the time, get ready. #JoinTheMachine
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