Review: Dragonette

Synth-bass freaks who remember Dan Kurtz from live house/ electro jam band the New Deal will delight in his current project’s full-on ’80s flavor.
Author:
Publish date:
Updated on

Bodyparts [Dragonette Inc.]

Synth-bass freaks who remember Dan Kurtz from live house/ electro jam band the New Deal will delight in his current project’s full-on ’80s flavor. On songs like “Untouchable” and “Ghost,” Kurtz continues to make dance-floor magic while conjuring enough vintage tones and approaches to induce a flashback, and his production adds a modern sheen to the whole disc.

Related

Review: Suicidal Tendencies "13"

Long before he was blowing up dancefloors and headphones as a solo artist and with Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus, Steve “Thundercat” Bruner was a young punk who succeeded Robert Trujillo in Suicidal Tendencies and spent nine years on the road with this iconic crew of hard-groovin’ L.A. mosh-pit kings.

CD Review: The Hanumen "The Hanumen"

This dazzling, seven-piece feast of Indian-flavored spiritual goodness might be right at home in a yoga studio, but its fresh production, masterful musicianship, gospel-infused vocal harmonies, and diverse instrumentation make it a great bet for anyone with open ears.

CD Review: Legally Blynd "You"

They call themselves Legally Blynd because they’re oblivious to genre, and sure enough, this band of Bay Area badasses combines reggae, soul, gospel, R&B, and blues for a sound that’s both refreshingly original and surprisingly familiar.

CD Review: Damian Erskine "Within Sight"

On this collection of mostly Latin-flavored groove-based tunes, bass ninja/educator/author Damian Erskine teaches a masterclass in leading from the bottom, giving his bandmates plenty of space while delivering carefully chosen solos and flaunting sumptuously recorded fretted and fretless tones.

Review: Flying Lotus

FlyLo’s latest set may be slightly leaner than his 2010 breakthrough, Cosmogramma, but it’s still a lush and skittering jazztinged dreamscape with a bevy of ace contributors.