The wiseacres at Ubiquity are trying to pass off this Walking Backwards recording attributed to “Clutchy Hopkins” as a fortuitous Mojave Desert thrift store find. A more likely scenerio is that a fictional hippie holdout was created to go with the unusual digging discovery in hopes of generating some interest in what could be another Shawn Lee instrumental session for Ubiquity, this one based on a stoner-loner funk concept.
The tempos are suitably slow and the rhythms nicely woozy, but the hiphop-schooled beats are way too clean and tight to have been put down in a cloudy tarpaper shack, and the elaborate arrangements are covered with Lee’s fingerprints. It makes for pleasantly laid-back head-nodding fodder, but the songs ultimately come off like backing tracks, except for Love Of A Woman, effectively sung by ladies’ man extraordinaire Darondo. That’s the real highlight.