Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: Funk
Was (Not Was) - Boo!

Was (Not Was) - Boo!

Was (Not Was)
Boo!
Label: Warner/Rykodisc

After twenty-years rest the party starts up again as, “Boo!” serves up sly soul, wacked-out cyber-irony and fishy tail-shaking funk. Respectfully subversive and sweetly deceitful, the original line-up still stays one step ahead of the competition, jiving and conniving with a goulash of grooves and gallows humor, political smarminess and hip, wicked wit.

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Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules And Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair

Hercules And Love Affair
Hercules and Love Affair
Label: DFA/Mute

Relentless then spooky then retro-groovy, Hercules’ strength lies in funky disco bass swimming inside a programmers paradise of seamless loops. HALA’s old school mirror-ball nostalgia slices sleepy divas into polished percussion; engineering endless nights of throbbing dance floors as late seventies seductions skip several generations to turn up the heat.

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Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts

Black Ghosts - The Black Ghosts

Black Ghosts
The Black Ghosts
Label: IAMSOUND Records

Slick, affluent pop dances over oozing grooves. Dreamy cyber-soul slithers as slamming synths and edgy beats collide in intriguing electro-chic fandangos.  Alert to danger and excited by possibilities, TBG’s wicked thinking and love-drowned new-wave struts its mechana-goth glamour in boldly curious moves, sleuthing in powder puff glitter and pounding blue funk.

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Burnt Sugar - Making Love to the Dark Ages

Burnt Sugar - Making Love to the Dark Ages

Burnt Sugar
Making Love to the Dark Ages
Label: LiveWired

Scats pitter-pat past cool animal bop frosted in electronic blips, found sounds and willfully meandering ambience. Galactic atmospheres cushion hep-cat vibes, after-hours sessions pitting astral brass with cosmic guitar, gypsy jazz and bluesy gospel. Buzzing between Avant Theater and Night Club Improv, Burnt Sugar’s exceptional love-making scenarios are carnal caramels.

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Mi Ami - Watersports

Mi Ami - Watersports

Mi Ami
Watersports
Label: Touch and Go Records

Melting high-voltage punk and urban jungle funk into electrifying, hypno-rave aerobics, Mi Ami goes new-wave native, bending rules with explosive results. Feline yelps bite wobbly bass, cat-scratch guitar stab at throbbing, bobbing drums: post-nuclear trance-rock waking up hot and sweaty. “Watersports,” attacks passionately, floating on tightropes, half adenoidal epilepsy and half neo-disco voodoo.


Zu - Carboniferous

Zu - Carboniferous

Zu
Carboniferous
Label: Ipecac Recordings

Dazzling whirlwinds of Doomsday dance tunes, Zu’s reflex riffs crunch synchronized thunder under monolithic squeals. Clawing at the consciousness, “Carboniferous,” is a tense, impervious box of monster heartbeats, skyscraper squalls and jet-propelled demolition derbies. Cornered rampage, bulldog sax, slam-dunked stomps and Troglodyte upper-cuts pitch howling bursts of Armageddon’s pleasure while praying mantis prog-rock chases armor-plated algorithms.

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Wolff - The Brass Ceiling

Wolff - The Brass Ceiling

Wolff
The Brass Ceiling
Label: Wolff and Tuba

Tribal tuba, soupy loops and plundering drums concoct cosmic gumbo as Wolff’s two-man army churns out chugging, interstellar funk; splicing catacomb vocals to interstellar samples for uniquely alien rhythms and bombastic, monastic panache. Mind-boggling combinations result as, “Brass,” triumphantly crashes past ordinary categories for squishy, trippy robo-soul that grooves to subterranean funk.

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Fritz Helder And The Phantoms - Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition

Fritz Helder And The Phantoms - Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition

Fritz Helder And The Phantoms
Greatest Hits: Platinum Edition
Label: Last Gang Records

Pimping PRINCE, PARLIMENT and PET SHOP BOYS, Fritz’s self-effacing Phantoms’s Euro-tooled glitteraria produces superior haute couture. Ripping shiny robo-disco, “Hits,” parties into mirror-ball mania par excellence, groovin’ to DJ voyeurism, synthetic sexuality complete with answering machine interludes; Fritz’s rapid-fire fun works the runway insidiously replicating a club-crazy night out.

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Joao Orecchia - Hands and Feet

Joao Orecchia - Hands and Feet

Joao Orecchia
Hands and Feet
Label: Other Electricities Records

Processed layers welded into seamless streams of jittery digital fidgeting, Joao’s overstocked toy box simmers alongside bantering banjos, wheezing concertinas and listing violins. Blue Man boogie for beats, blips and purring whirligigs, “Hands,” juggles cuckoo clock rock, cyber-fried lullabies and pump ‘n crunch electro-funk for effusive musical Sudoku and groovy, geo-synchronized synergy.

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Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea

Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea

Glitch Mob
Drink the Sea
Label: Glass Air

Scorching, satin cybernetics unfold steam-cleaned dreams and menacing denizens, vaporized sighs and translucent movements swim in thick blips and coarse chords rocking around fashionably agitated, polychromatic boogie. “Sea” swirls around wordless subterfuge and programmed stamina, slithering between stun-gun lunges and chrome-plated thunder; sanctimonious moments colored in killer curves and choreographed flashes. The Glitch Mob perform their razor-sharp magic August 21st at Madison’s Majestic Theater and August 22nd at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall.

The Glitch Mob Website

The City Champs - The Set-Up

The City Champs - The Set-Up

The City Champs
The Set-Up
Label: Electraphonic

Getting up and under the brash, downbeat sound of a cresting, cooking Hammond organ with side-swiping, chicken-pickin’ electric guitar and kickass trap kit drumming, Memphis’ TCC shoulders ferocious restraint, buttery souls and sizzling swing. Augmented with occasional bass, horns and Latin percussion, “Set-up” remains powered by three equal talents trading interplay tucked inside velvet waves, cool nuance and rooted grooves.

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Fujiya & Miyagi - Ventrilloquizzing

Fujiya & Miyagi - Ventrilloquizzing

Fujiya & Miyagi
Ventrilloquizzing
Label: Yep Roc

Chilled hip-swivelers practicing trained disdain, F&M’s cool, re-tooled, frequently seething, sequined struts bluff and chuff haughty, naughty vamps. Intriguingly pristine, anxiously apathetic, the restlessly suave students of clinically sinister catwalk Krautrock carefully enunciate puzzling instructions encased inside pharmaceutical funk.  Aloof and predatory, “Ventrilloquizzing,” courts haute couture, laying riffs super model cool over well-greased soul, window-shopping mannequins grazing jaded high society,

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