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    Karl Hector and The Malcouns – “Unstraight Ahead” – [Now Again Records]

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    KFJC Soul Patrollers jonesing for something made this millenium
    feast your ears upon this. There are many onion layers to the
    imaginary Mr. Hector, like a good spy movie, it sends you
    overseas to the Woima Collective, then a newspaper left on a bench
    by the Poets of Rhythm and ultimately JJ Whitefield aka Jan
    Weissenfeldt turns up as the mastermind. This has trace elements of
    Ethiopique sleaky chic no doubt, “Who’s Fooling Who” with
    that throaty sax and snake-doing-jumping-jacks definitely lays
    in wait for you. But what about that Otha Turner-style fife funk
    on “Transition T” that somewhere along picks up a video game
    virus. So much great percussion throughout, “Sharpesville
    Massacre” being a, well, *killer* example. My favorite right
    now is “Spirit of Gine” with a racing violin scraping the
    sky and a little clean guitar pushing the clouds away. Tracks
    2,4,12,14 have vocals, “Push Na Ya” with some possible voodoun
    Ogun action, while “Ombele” ignites your feet with an Afro
    Beat treat. Styles are tried on like fantastic Halloween
    costumes, enjoy this excellent release Now and (often) Again!
    I bet these songs expand and blow folks away live, they often
    feel like a recipe that best cooks when it’s got an audience
    interacting and dance-devouring a couple hours.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm
  • Filed as CD,Soul
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