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The sticker on the front of this CD screams “Obscure evil psycho machine-funk from ‘80s Washington D.C. Psychedelic madness!” which sounds promising. I’ve never heard these guys before but this music is instantly involving, some kind of dark, alien P-Funk drenched in weirdo dub sauce and dark, slinky psychedelia. There’s danceable repetitive grooves and bright melodies, even delving into r’n’b guitar fun in places, but overlaid with some Sun Ra-ish jazz weirdness and analogue streaks and rumbles, at one point some crazy fiddle scraping and echoed hippie spoken word brings to mind Hawkwind’s more polarising prog excesses, but from a funk perspective.
The musicianship is really tight throughout and the influences so diverse that it’s a marvel they manage to fit so much in without losing the pure grooviness of these jams. They really go for it in the epic ‘Vera’s Back’, 12 minutes of progressive jazz-funk that’s like a head-on collision between Zappa, early Funkadelic and the aforementioned ‘Wind. I’m a little unconvinced by the Bobcat Goldthwait-style delivery on the vocal version of ‘Electric War’ (which is only on the CD version anyway) but overall this is seriously out-there stuff that it’s hard to really do justice to in a short review. If you’re into stuff like Sun Ra, Hawkwind, Death and Funkadelic you’ve gotta hear this!
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