Jan and Max Whitfield, Munich-born founders of deep-funk pioneers The Poets of Rhythm, have returned with a follow up to their once-rare 2001 album In The Raw. The new album continues their signature combination of American Meters-inspired funk and African Afrobeat. This time around they’re bringing guests including rapper Edan, funk-outfit El Michels Affair, Quantic and others. The album is now available digitally in Stones Throw’s online store. The physical release comes later in January.
The artwork and unique type treatment for both the single and LP were designed by Lewis Heriz, an artist that appears to have a knack for creating African and Latin-inspired posters and album covers. This is evident in his work for East London club night Sofrito (below). I also think I recognize a cover he designed for a compilation of tracks from UK jazz label Impossible Ark. You can get a more thorough view of his work in his online portfolio.