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Upcoming Releases 2024/2025 

Announcing new music titles coming for the remainder of 2024 and 2025! 3 EP's and one full length album. First will be The Reset EP followed by the first two volumes of the Amari Archive Series. The series will chronicle the 4 track cassette vault of Richard Cole. Volume one is titled Invisible Funk and volume 2 is titled Funkacydal.  “The last year has seen some challenges and it's changed my view on how to create.” says Richard Cole currently in The Lair, the creative space Richard inhabits that has yielded the Funky Poetic Bootlegs album and the recent single Hold On. “Not only was the music affected, but the comics as well.”, referring to the development of the Amari Comics Universe featuring original Richrd Cole characters The Answer and the First Family.

Original plans were for the release of the album Parallel Echoes as far back as November of 2023. Around 10 -15 songs had been written and demoed, but delays in the recording kept it from meeting its deadline. Richard explains, “Parallel Echoes is something I really want the quality to be perfect on. So its going on the back burner until I master the tools to make it a great album. It's going to be different from Funky Poetic Bootlegs sonically.”

In its place was going to be The Reset EP. “I'm still working on that one now. It's 4 songs, but I'm being more meticulous in recording this one. I hope to have it finished in a couple of weeks.” “I've had the last few weeks to reevaluate everything creative and looking to get the best ideas out and how to get them to everyone.”

The 1st archive was in the works over the last few months. “I've picked out about 5 songs including the original backing track of Save Yourself. It's about 8 minutes and I'm going to record something new from it so it will be different from Save Yourself. My goal for the Archive series is to put out everything from the vault that can be released and finish it off or overdub or remix whatever is needed.” 

The Reset EP and Parallel Echoes will see a wide release on streaming, physical media as well as this website, Patreon and Bandcamp. The Amari Archive Series will be released exclusively on this website and Bandcamp. Stay tuned for release dates. 

Work continues on The Reset EP 

Work continues on The Reset EP. Originally intended for a November 2023 release, the project was delayed and has recently resumed. Richard is working hard in the studio and hopes to have it finished in the next couple of weeks. The Reset EP will consist of 4 new tracks and will see worldwide release on streaming, Bandcamp and on this website. Meanwhile plans for physical media release of The Reset EP and Funky Poetic Bootlegs are still in development. See this website for updates.

Have a Happy New Year and Thank You! 

Hello everyone!

Hope everyone is enjoying the wind down to the year. This has been great for me. First of all thank all of you for the support of Funky Poetic Bootlegs. It was a project long in the making and in various forms over the years and I'm glad I got to share what I feel is the definitive version with you. I'm looking forward to releasing the CD version in the new year.

My energy and health was low over the last week, but I'm on the mend and I can't wait to get back into the swing of creativity. First off will be the completion of the next record, The Reset EP and finally the beginning of the 1st official album, Parallel Echoes. I hope to also release some exclusives to this website and Bandcamp in between, so stay tuned.

Have a safe and peaceful New Year!


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Available for the holidays! Visit our merchandise page and purchase t-shirts, mugs and hoodies. Buy for gift ideas or for yourself! T-shirt prices range from $16.99 -$24.50! Mugs $8.99-$10.00! All designs are created by Richard Cole! Visit the merchandise page here: /store

New EP in the Works - The Reset EP 

Richard Cole is hard at work on a new EP. The upcoming EP titled The Reset EP will again be released on the Amari Communications label and will debut on streaming platforms, while a physical CD will be available to Patreon supporters first before seeing wider release. “I'm still working on a viable distribution model for the physical media. That is why Funky Poetic Bootlegs is late on the CD front”. Says Richard from “The Lair” where the music and podcasts are recorded.


The Reset EP was originally released in 2015 and was a 4 song EP featuring tracks originally intended for Funky Poetic Bootlegs. This version will feature new never before released tracks and will mostly continue the lo fi 4 track cassette format as Funky Poetic Bootlegs.

 “I was working on a non cassette album that I started writing over the summer and started recording in August. The intention was to have it finished in time for November and a single out in October. There were so many distractions that pushed the focus off. Things like all the breaking news for the podcast episodes. So during the down time, I was also transferring all the Chaotic Beat  material to digital. there's also some solo stuff of mine that I discovered that I think expands on the Funky Poetic theme. I also found a copy of the original backing tracks of Save Yourself, but I haven't decided what to do with it yet. So far that might make it on to the EP, but as a whole new song.”

As of this writing, the plan is to have The Reset EP take the November release slot originally slated for the studio album titled Parallel Echoes. 


Funky Poetic Bootlegs CD to be a Patreon Perk 

Physical copies of the Funky Poetic Bootlegs CD will be soon available as one of the perks for joining Richard Cole's Amari Communications Patreon page. The page known for early access and bonus content for Richard's podcasts Amari Music Talk and the former Prince podcast Amari Purple Talk, will make available CD's of Funky Poetic Bootlegs as one of many perks available when you join at the $50 Amari Ultimate Creative tier. Visit the Amari Communications channel on Patreon to view details on the Amari Ultimate Creative tier and others. Become a supporter today. Click the link below to visit.

Richard Cole - Podcast Host 

Catch Richard Cole as host of the podcasts, Amari Music Talk, The Purple Notes Unveiled Podcast and The Comics Box Podcast! Formerly Amari Purple Talk, Purple Notes Unveiled, a podcast dedicated to the music and artistry of Prince, Amari Music Talk covers artists of all genres and Richard's favorite albums. Guests from Alex B, PC Munoz and Ricky Wyatt co-host from time to time. The Comics Box covers the world of comic books and comic book movies. Click the link below to watch on the Amari Communications channel on YouTube. Please like, subscribe and hit the notification bell to stay up to date on new episodes.

Amari Communiations on YouTube


Funky Poetic Bootlegs is Finished! 

Overdubs and mixing has finally been completed on Richard Cole's upcoming project Funky Poetic Bootlegs, an exploration into avant garde funk. Sequencing and mastering will begin this week. Release date to be announced.

The Singles

Preview the singles We Funk (2 The Last band and Save Yourself from the album Funky Poetic Bootlegs.