KING KOOBA Indian Summer (Om) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
UK future funk duo King Kooba's fourth album, Indian Summer, continues in the vein of their last album, Nufoundfunk, but they've refined their sound into something a bit more mature and complex. The production style is even lusher and more organic, the songwriting more soul-oriented and less lounge-influenced. Expect lots of percussion, deep Rhodes piano chords, jazzy acoustic bass, electric funk bass, echo-drenched horns and a variety of guest vocalists -- jazzy downtempo music with one foot firmly planted in classic funk while the other shuffles to the 21st-century nu-jazz beat. It's not revolutionary, but neither is it clichéd, just good, mellow electronic music that borrows from everything from house to drum 'n' bass and hiphop without seeming like it's trying too hard.