Slipped Discs

Discs You May Have Missed
by John Noyd

Reviews From: R&B
Photon Band - Back Down to Earth

Photon Band - Back Down to Earth

Photon Band
Back Down to Earth
Label: Empyrean

Orbiting over semi-savage psychedelia, PB’s lumbering Lotharios freefall into the soulful sludge of zero-gravity blues while Earth moves from the vast to the vital. Re-entering the atmosphere like drunk angels on fire, Earth spins off stompin’ rockers, sixties R & B and cosmic shuffles with laser-guided clairvoyance, causal wisdom and heel-kicking gumption.

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Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

Lightspeed Champion - Falling Off the Lavender Bridge

Lightspeed Champion
Falling Off the Lavender Bridge
Label: Domino Records

Shining folk-soul pop washed in unabashed confession, acoustic fragments sprinkled over dreamy lyrics and warm, twangy arrangements - Champion’s charming inventiveness spins personable homespun theatrics that conjure honest and palatable feelings. An easy-chair and sunlit window, Bridge spans intimate inspirations and open invitations, mixing universal moods over laid-back grooves taking flight.

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Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds - Can You Deal With It?

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds - Can You Deal With It?

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds
Can You Deal With It?
Label: Bloodshot Records

The real deal – Williams teams with a randy band of crackerjack misfits for some cocky hootchie-coo and rocket-fueled R&B. Raucous street corner confessions run from arrogant boasts to desperate requests as the downright electrifying Hellhounds back Williams’ barks in stinging, slinking, sledgehammer brass, bass and guitar.

Andre Williams & the New Orleans Hellhounds Website

Christine Vaindirlis - Dance Mama!

Christine Vaindirlis - Dance Mama!

Christine Vaindirlis
Dance Mama!
Label: Ubuntu World Music

A feisty maestro commanding cool jazz and smokin’ R&B rooted within pan-African grooves, Christine’s honey-covered harmonies and big band stampede feeds your feet sweet, frenetic medicine. Navigating hairpin turns through soulful vocals and whiplash brass, funky zydeco and doo-wop soukous, “Mama,” channels impassioned evangelism; a world-class, booty-shaking bouquet dipped in sass and imagination.

Christine Vaindirlis 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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Portugal. the Man - In the Mountain In the Cloud

Portugal. the Man - In the Mountain In the Cloud

Portugal. the Man
In the Mountain In the Cloud
Label: Atlantic

Blasting past glam-rock boogie, funky electric blues and Zen guitar furies, “Mountain,” amasses cosmic Pentecostal stomps amid narcotic rainbow gospel. Mega-ramped mantra rock crests, arrests and sets fire to spiraling psychedelia, cradling granola mellow soul between crashing surges of blazing impatience. Roving leprechaun pop accosting Gothic haunts, P.tM’s action-packed wisdom and wishes encapsulate zigzagging cascades of spotless lava lamp logic.

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Lindstrom - Six Cups of Rebel

Lindstrom - Six Cups of Rebel

Lindstrom
Six Cups of Rebel
Label: Smalltown supersound

Cyber-slick misfits click in clock-boxing fits of spiraling slingshots, bottomless vertigo and chattering static, Lindstrom’s measured textures settle restlessly, zapping synapses while evaporating pneumatic Acid House, toasted Detroit cronk and pole-dancing funk. Mechanized mayhem outfitted in cosmic electronics, “Rebel,” mounts dry-ice avalanches smothered in jigsaw awesomeness and rollercoaster sensuality, tubular grooves built from viscous ricochets, space-age mirror-balls refracting jet-propelled raves.

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Kelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in Pain

Kelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in Pain

Kelly Hogan
I Like to Keep Myself in Pain
Label: ANTI

Embodying doe-eye survivors and embittered vixens, Hogan tackles Texas kickers glazed in café academics and honky-tonk philosophy rousing gospel-blues wearing cowboy boots, sneakers and high heels, “Pain,”: hosts smoky tones inside jukebox bop, Bubbly condolences hug observant mercies, funky country confessions stocked in battered kindnesses and wronged romance supply supple scenarios fueling dusky Delta voodoo, post-fiesta heartache and organ-driven R&B. 

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Charles Bradley - Victim of Love

Charles Bradley - Victim of Love

Charles Bradley
Victim of Love
Label: Dunham Records

Tear-stained refrains from sweat-soaked vocals, Charles “Screaming Eagle of Soul” Bradley travels between gospel’s desperate redemptions, pop’s brassy appetites and R&B’s suave partying. Cooking hard-luck lessons in shuffling funk, bluesy doo-wop and Superfly psychedelia, ”Victim,” simmers candid abandon and heart-piercing fierceness into ravaged salvation for love-sick trips to horn-heavy heavens. After having conquered Milwaukee’s Turner Hall May 8th, catch the Screaming Eagle when he brings it on December 4th at Madison’s High Noon Saloon.

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Alice Russell - To Dust

Alice Russell - To Dust

Alice Russell
To Dust
Label: Tru Thoughts

Blissfully irresistible, Russell’s unruffled soul-sister muscle flexes arresting home-wrecker directness and brassy Motown sass in bristling polyrhythmic precision. Britain’s bossy blonde’s frisky delivery, peek-a-boo grooves and beat-driven shimmies fuse funky feminist chemistry into foxy gospel, glossy pop and supersonic doo-wop. No-nonsense admonishments beneath post-modern sentiments, the seductive, percussive, “Dust,” struts sizzling syncopation around fiery high-heel hustles and cool rerouted voodoo.

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kwes. - ilp

kwes. - ilp

kwes.
ilp
Label: Warp

Sensitive, tentative, lava-lamp samples twisted around cautious, spotless ominous sonics, “ilp,” sculpts spectacularly tactile fragments into immaculate cinematic packages carefully crafted in humble wonder. Vacuum-packed catalysts dissolve in a dramatic smattering of abstract clatter as head-swelling velvet coats well-placed bass. Diagnosed with sound-to-color synaesthesia, kwes melts languid spaces into thoughtful processes with a deft R&B vibe suited to late-night grooves.

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The Kooks - Listen

The Kooks - Listen

The Kooks
Listen
Label: Astralwerks

Exuberant suitors courting flashy blues-rock habits teeming in dreamy Motown, The Kooks erupt in a funky lather of swagger and lager as downtown boogie fitted with hip-swiveling missiles send warning shots over classic bar-room ballads fused to toe-tapping passions. Wicked, snickering hits, “Listen,” pricks ears and kick-starts bristling trashcan symphonies smothered in hardy bravado, genuine sentiment and spirited good cheer.

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