laying leisurely explorations atop a steady funk beat

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tesoke

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USA
Persian
Hi, in the following sentence, from a GRE test, I cannot understand the meaning of the red part. Please explain it. Thanks.

The band’s long-standing strategy of laying leisurely explorations atop a steady funk beat has proven to be surprisingly prescient: a concert in Cologne from 1972 sounds as if it could have taken place today.
 
  • Packard

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    USA, English
    In jazz and pop music, a funky beat is a strong bass rhythm.

    Laying leisurely explorations atop...would mean that they would overlay the beat with some lighter improvisations.

    I am not a musician and if there are any out there they can correct my word usage but I think I have the concept right.
     
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