Relentlessly, Deliciously Horny

In case you need to take a quick break from listening to the same three niche sub-genres all day, look no further than the Bay Area’s soul funk machines Planet Booty. Their first single in two years is so relentlessly, deliciously horny (including an actual horn section) that you might have to excuse yourself from your desk to head to the restroom to “appreciate” it in full. “SXFNK” sounds like if Zapp and Tower of Power did a ton of blow, wrote this song, and then had an orgy afterwards. We’re happy to just watch, if they’re cool with that.

Outside Lands 2022

High-energy, sensual electro-funk powerhouse Planet Booty woke up Outside Lands with its infectious party beats, sex-positive lyrics and seductive dance moves, giving festival early birds a much-appreciated boost of passion and self-love.

Wrapped in sequins, mesh and lace, vocalists Dylan Charles Germick and Josh Cantero, bassist Rob Gwin and drummer Blake Ritterman led by example and got the crowd dancing, shouting and twerking to “Squat,” “Dancing in My Bedroom” and “Das Booty.”

“How does my ass look on the jumbotron?” Germick asked between songs, flaunting his assets.

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Outside Lands’ Biggest Stage

Described on the festival’s website as “somewhere between sermon and striptease” and “sincerity and innuendo,” singers Dylan Germick and Josh Cantero and bassist Rob Gwin entertained Outside Lands early birds with themes of self love, body positivity and acceptance.

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If the music is that good…

Another early set worth mentioning is Planet Booty, who played the opening slot at Lands End on Sunday. In a similar vein to Cory Henry – if the music is that good, you start to be pulled toward it literally. When that happens, you have to lean into that intuition. Combining live instrumentation with funky melodies and dancefloor-inspired beats, Planet Booty has a distinct sound that resonates with many people. The crowd reciprocated energy from the first beat to the last, and by the end of the set, the crowd had at least doubled in size.

Flamboyant Empowerment Pop

But the weekend felt like a true showcase for emerging Bay Area talent too; a “risk” that Outside Lands wasn’t always willing to take. In building this true ecosystem that reflects its locale, sets from Bay Area-bred acts like rising pop singer Thuy, Atlantic Records rapper Symba, flamboyant empowerment pop group Planet Booty, indie stalwart Spellling, and the biggest surprise of the weekend, Odie, bridge the great divide of the stratification of festival crowds.

Go On and Feel Better

Sort of like an even-goofier Chromeo, perspiration-friendly Bay Area electro-funk trio Planet Booty is currently releasing one track every Friday from their newest album, a remixed companion to 2021’s YES. Having played their first-ever show in SF at Blue Parrot, a long-ago incarnation of the doomed space that’s currently Arena SF, Planet Booty has since parlayed their brand of amped-up body positivity into opening sets for Peaches, Lizzo, Escort and others. If you’re bummed about anything for any reason whatsoever on Sunday, go on and feel better.

An impressive blending of the sacred and the sensual
j. poet

The Oakland based trio takes an expansive approach to the grooves they lay down, incorporating elements of retro funk, soul, jazz, dance, house, disco, R&B, hip-hop and EDM … as classic as a KSOL playlist, and as modern as any mega-mix … “Sexual Savior” compresses the history of soul music into five minutes with hints of Jackie Wilson, Marvin Gaye, gospel music, Sly and the Family Stone and other icons … an impressive blending of the sacred and the sensual.

A healthy dose of ass, brass and sass

San Francisco’s ambitiously instrumental and flamboyantly funky glam pop band Planet Booty have been a concert thrill for over a decade in the Bay Area. It’s hard to believe they’re only now embarking on their first venue residency. Beginning this Thursday, they’ll be bringing a healthy dose of ass, brass and sass to Oakland’s Elbo Room in Jack London Square. Released last year, Planet Booty’s fourth album, YES, is yet another celebration of body positivity. The same goes for the upcoming residency, appropriately dubbed “Booty Camp.”

Oakland’s Planet Booty to Fire Up the Catalyst Dance Floor
Aaron Carnes

Only if You Say Yes” makes it clear they stand for enthusiastic consent. And now, in the post-pandemic world, they are hoping to help people rediscover the joys of loving their bodies.