Hump days are better when set to Funk and Soul. If this statement rings true to you too, head over to Boris Club tomorrow from 9:30PM onwards and bear witness to soulful sound-waves coming from El Salvadorian singer-songwriter Grace Portillo and saucy nonet Badlove. The group will be armed with an instrument arsenal from keyboard to saxophone, all backed by rangy vocals. What’s on the menu? A dish of funk-soul fusion coming in the form of Grace’s debut album, “Sticky Nostalgia.”
Having always written, her scribbles transcended into song format with the aid of Grace’s self-taught guitar skills, influenced by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill. The inspiration for the album comes from diverse stages of her life, her feelings, dreams and surroundings, she expressed in an interview with Moli magazine.
Grace presents her audience with an intriguing vocal variety, jumping from her underlying deep register to higher pitch, tuneful chirps and even the surfacing of a few rap-esq sound bites. Her vocals mixed with the likes of choppy funk-fuelled bass lines, delicate drums and melodic keys makes for a tasty concoction. The album is also shaken up with rappers, Timmy Goodtimes and Mattiya. Music appropriate for head bobbing, loosening up, grooving on down and foot twisting in a funk crazed manner.
Her philosophy: “Everything in this life is energy, and you have to keep vibrating at high frequencies so that the good things will continue to arrive. Always be optimistic.”
Having clocked up eight years in Buenos Aires its fair to say Grace knows the music scene well. Since her arrival she has been busy running art and music projects such as the artist collective, Stamina, and the weekly event, Folk You Mondays. A night dedicated to showcasing the latest folk-fuelled talent to hit the streets of Buenos Aires; well worth a visit if you’re in need of Monday evening entertainment.
You can keep up to date with Grace via Facebook.
Wednesday 15th, 9:30PM
Cop a ticket for tomorrow night here.