A pretty sweet set of funk
y grooves and programmed beats – played by a group that contains both old and new players, armed with a variety of skills! The older end of funk
is represented by guitarist Calvin Keys, of Black Jazz Records fame, and drummer Ron E Beck, who's recorded with Tower Of Power – and the newer end of the funk
spectrum is filled by the keyboardist, sax player, vocalist, and bassist in the group. The tracks have a good mixture of 70s soundtrack funk
with touches of 90s sample/
beat culture – and there's plenty of warm soulful moments, and strong jazzy playing, both of which make for a real album of grooves that goes way beyond a simple postmodern pastiche of tricks. Titles include "Apollo", "Thoughts On Freedom", "So Damn Phisticated", "Sound Is God", "Corporate Voodoo
", and "Bringing It On". Think Poets of Rhythm without the pot smoke, and you'll get a decent idea of the sound.