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The APX

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The APX
Also known asAPX
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, The United States [1]
GenresFunk, nu-disco, soul[1]
Years active2014–present
Associated acts
  • Joey Negro
  • Robert Glasper
  • Kindred the Family Soul
  • Dâm-Funk
  • Pnau
  • Teddy Riley
  • Jody Watley
Websitetheapxmusic.com
MembersErika Dawn Rhodes
Dee Rhodes

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The APX is an American funk duo from Atlanta, Georgia, consisting of married musicians Erika Dawn Rhodes and Dee Rhodes.[2] Erika Dawn Rhodes is a singer and Daniel "Dee" Rhodes is a keyboardist.[3] They write, produce and design their own material[4] and are sponsored by Native Instruments, a music software/hardware maker.[5] Their sound has been described e.g. as a "recreation of the sound of ‘80s electro-funk and proto house music with jaw-dropping faithfulness"[6] and "merge of Nu Disco, electro funk and synthwave"[5]

History[edit]

2013–2016: Formation and first release

Dee Rhodes and Erika Dawn Rhodes originally met online over their shared musical interests in 2013. Before The APX, Detroit-born Erika Dawn had toured in rock and cover bands, e.g. in an Afro-punk project called Not From Here, and as the vocalist in a touring 14-piece covers band[6], while Atlanta native Dee Rhodes was a solo jazz artist[2][4] [3] and a producer.[6]

Basing themselves in Atlanta they simultaneously got married and started a touring cover band presenting in weddings and events in 2014.[4] [3] While they wanted to do something more creative, they started working on original music, inspired by their love of classic funk, pop, and R&B[3]. Their first release was the single "Capture The Moment" in 2016.[1]

2017–2018: Electrik Funk album

The APX released the first single from their debut record Electrik Funk named "Lose Yourself to the Groove" on April 28, 2017.[7] [8]The single was featured on the soundtrack of Netflix film Nappily Ever After starring Sanaa Lathan.[9]

In May 26, 2017, The APX released an EDM remix of Australian band PNAU's single Chameleon on Island Records.[10]

The APX released their debut record Electrik Funk on July 19, 2017 which had eight songs written, produced and performed by the duo themselves.[11][12]

In late 2017, The APX released the single "Right on Time" as well as the deluxe edition of their record Electrik Funk, in which the duo added 4 new tracks to the previously released record.[13] The video for Right on Time was shot in black and white and it presented "a kaleidoscope of geometric images and a Ridley Scott-like juxtaposition of illumination" as described in HuffPost.[5]

In July 2018, The APX released the single Jupiter. Later in August, the duo released the accompanying self-directed music video.[14]

On August 15, 2018, The APX announced their first international tour outside of the United States.[15] The tour in Europe starts in June 2019 from Paris, Madrid and Berlin.[16]

In September 2018, The APX's songs "Sweet Surrender" and "Lose Yourself to the Groove" were reworked by British DJ Joey Negro.[17]

2019–present: Amplified Experiment album

In May 2019, The APX announced they are releasing their second album Amplified Experiment in June. Amplified Experiment is a completely self-produced collection of songs that has influences from traditional 80's & 90's style funk, house and soul. The album includes the previously released single Jupiter.[18] The team behind the album includes songwriters Oli J Shaheer, D'wight "Skrapp" Reynolds, Brandon McCrae (guitarist, bassist and producer), and trumpeter Lance Powlis. The album features Zapp Band, funk group Mink Slide, Will Gittens and cameos from R&B/hip-hop trailblazer Teddy Riley and a Grammy-winning solo artist Jody Watley (former Shalamar frontwoman).[16] [6] Amplified Experiment is supported by the Amplified Experiment Tour in which The APX will visit major cities in Europe and North America.[16]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "The APX: "Capture The Moment" a powerhouse of full-bodied grooves - JamSphere". jamsphere.com. April 16, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adams, Jordan. "The APX Talk Fashion, Aaliyah and Working as a Married Couple". Seven Days. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "The APX | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-06-19.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Meet The APX (Dee and Erika Rhodes) - Voyage ATL". Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Radic, Randy (December 21, 2017). "Exclusive Music Video Premiere: "Right On Time" – The APX Drops Smooth Contagious Electro-Funk That Goes Beyond Good And Hits Excellent". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Editorial (2019-07-15). "The APX Revive the Sound of '80s Electro-Funk For a New Era". Bandcamp Daily. Retrieved 2019-07-16.
  7. "Lose Yourself to the Groove - The APX | Song Info". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-09-23.
  8. The APX - Lose Yourself to the Groove, retrieved 2019-09-23
  9. "Music from Nappily Ever After (2018)". Tunefind. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  10. "Pnau - Chameleon (The Remixes)". Discogs. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  11. "Bounce-Worthy: The APX | Page 2 of 2 | SoulBounce | SoulBounce". SoulBounce. July 19, 2017. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  12. "The APX modernizes retro-synth sounds on 'Electrik Funk' | Atlanta Creative Loafing". Atlanta Creative Loafing. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  13. "The APX Are 'Right On Time' | SoulBounce | SoulBounce". SoulBounce. February 5, 2018. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  14. "Get familiar with The APX 's future-retro funk straight out of "Jupiter" (Music Video) - EARMILK". EARMILK. August 23, 2018. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  15. Desk, BWW News. "The APX Announces First International Tour". Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Desk, BWW News. "The APX Announces AMPLIFIED EXPERIMENT Album & Tour". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2019-05-16.
  17. "Joey Negro". SoundCloud. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  18. "The APX Announces "Amplified Experiment" Album & Tour". Top40-Charts.com. Retrieved 2019-05-16.

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