afro-beats

Artist: 
Jungle Fire
Label: 
Nacional Records

Jambu by Jungle Fire was underwhelming. It infuses Afro-Latin sounds and beats that captivate the listener in the first few songs. However, there isn’t much growth or variation throughout the rest of the album. Listening to Jambu is similar to what one would here on a 70s action movie score. It’s catchy, but only for a little while before it starts to sound the same again. “Cumbia De Sal” was the only song to breakout from the mold. The song was a combination of the beats, cumbia rhythms and children singing lyric throughout the song. 

Sounds Like: 
The Funk Ark
Sounds Like: 
Vaudou
Name: 
Selena Valencia
Date Reviewed: 
04/19/2017
Artist: 
Elvis Costello and The Roots
Label: 
Blue Note Records

Either ya dig this or ya don't. This album includes remixes and reworks of the first ever unique collaboration of instrumental hip-hop band The Roots and Elvis Costello. I checked out the first album (Wise Up: Ghost) to understand where they are coming from, and let me tell you that's a really wonderful album if you're interested. But about the album at hand, it's different but the kind of different you should definitely give a shot. It's hip hop, funk, soul, and afro-beats with the always varying pop-y Costello's voice and lyrical wordplay.

Sounds Like: 
can't really say!
Name: 
Diana Englert
Date Reviewed: 
12/10/2013
Artist: 
Young Buffalo
Label: 
Fat Possum

Young Buffalo EP, is the latest album by the band Young Buffalo. The three southern Mississippi boys bring out a new fresh southern feel-good indie tone. This album is nothing but strong vocals and percussions, you can feel the passion in every song. It is a short 5 track album, but every track is perfection no matter what day it is. Young Buffalo EP is the album you could stick in your car and not skip a track. With clear and catchy vocal harmonies, you'll find yourself head bobbing before you even notice you are doing so.

Sounds Like: 
The Postelles
Sounds Like: 
Local Natives
Sounds Like: 
Foster the People
Name: 
Alexandra Adamson
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2013
Artist: 
The Buttercream Gang
Label: 
Pitted Records

I chose this album originally because I thought the band name was funny being named after a low budget film I remember from my youth.  While the band has some catchy lyrics and instrumentation,  the album is very repetitive and there aren't any really unique standout tracks.  This band is from San Francisco so you can hear the beach boy beach sound influence that can be relaxing and catchy. 

Sounds Like: 
Vampire Weekend, Beach Boys?
Name: 
Maggie Dill
Date Reviewed: 
12/05/2011
Artist: 
MonoMono
Label: 
Tummy Touch Records

This being one of three re-releases of MonoMono's work from the '70s (other albums are Give The Beggar A Chance and Wake Up Your Mind), it's still the '70s-funk sound that every fan of theirs' loves. Their albums have always been about social awareness and opening a hand to those who suffer.

This album differs a little from his other work. The guitar isn't employed as much, but when it is used, it's psychedelic. Shit, just look at the cover. You know how The Beatles had their psychedelic era? This album was MonoMono's, and it's rather pleasing. It swings a little more.

Sounds Like: 
Fela Kuti
Sounds Like: 
Hugh Masekela
Name: 
Greg Gonzales
Date Reviewed: 
10/06/2011
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