Over the past decade, The Pendletons have earned a reputation for keeping things good and funky. But it’s sounding like they want us to get better acquainted with their soulful side for the upcoming full-length debut, 2 Steps Away. Our first hint came when the Bay Area duo leaked “You Do You,” a nostalgic A-side featuring Howard Johnson. The soul-boogie vibes continue on the flip side of the single with “Life to Me.”
First, let us reassure you that even as their sound continues to evolve, E Da Boss and Trailer Limon are still very much about that funk life. In fact, although the song’s lyrics firmly classify it as a love song, “Life to Me” is driven by the kind of stankface bassline that immediately injects your walk with ’70s swag. The track was born out of a jam session with The Pendletons and some musical friends like Carl Locket (guitar), E. Live (keys), Bob Menacho (bass) and Dame Drummer (drums). Once the instrumental was fleshed out and enhanced with analog brass, Limon added lyrics, inspired by his devotion and affection for his wife.
Spin the B-side groove below and pre-order the full “You Do You/Life to Me” single, which gets an official release tomorrow, April 12th.