The ecstasy of !!!
The funniest thing I've heard in weeks is the latest Touch and Go label 12-inch by post-punk dance rebels !!! , which backs a cover of the Magnetic Fields ' Take Ecstasy With Me with an equally unlikely jam on Nate Dogg 's Get Up on the flip. If you think an acid-house-rinsed overhaul of a DJ Quick-produced G-funk anthem is nutty, wait till you hear sexy singer boy Nic Offer do his pitch-perfect pisstake of sad sack Stephin Merritt as !!! transform the wistful homoerotic drug ballad into a big 'n' beat-y stomper subversively designed to get jocks sweaty on the dance floor. Nasty good.
Obviously, the Creators' Julian Baker isn't getting rich making beats, so you can't really begrudge his attempt to earn a little dough on the side by compiling some of the better funk exotica he's encountered on his digging quests. The 16 tracks that make up the Funk Mode (Scenerio) CD - despite the subtitle claim of "undiscovered funk gems from the far corners of the globe" - will mostly be well known to the scavenging horde. However, the inclusion of Arp Life twerked-out Bu Bu, Les Mogol 's trippy Wild Flower, Yamasuki's zany Yama Yama and Sigurd Cochius's surprisingly deep Indian Enmars makes for a pleasantly twisted listen sure to delight the break-obsessed crowd and casual funk fans alike who can't afford the originals at www.recordkingz.com.
In light of the less-than-stellar track record that Parisian producer Bob Sinclar has had with former Reminiscence Quartet chanteuse Salomé de Bahia , the prospect of an acid jazz rerun for their studio reunion didn't seem that appealing, but the new Brasil (Yellow) album is an unexpected pleasure. That this album swings hard is partly due to the choice of material, which relies heavily on Jorge Ben classics (Taj Mahal, Pais Tropical, Fio Maravilha and Mas Que Nada), but mostly it's the full complement of real live musicians under the direction of arranger Fino Gomez that makes up for the shortcomings of Sinclar's limited programming skills.
In Memphis, the Newborn family is to jazz what the Hodges family is to soul, which is to say the ruling elite. So it's great to see septuagenarian guitar slinger Calvin Newborn continuing his bold comeback bid with the fabulous New Born (Yellow Dog) disc. Backed by a groove-conscious combo with Jazz Messenger Donald Brown on piano and Ike Turner sideman saxophonist Herman Green , the ever-tasteful Newborn stylishly slinks his way through uptown blues right into some charging Coltrane-inspired spiritual jazz without breaking a sweat. You'll be surprised.