Just in case you thought there wasn’t an indie psych resurgence in full flower (so to speak), Montreal’s King Khan emerges once again from the wayback machine. Idle No More ranges from garage rock to greasy proto-funk, with Jeans Redemann showing he can turn on a dime from downright McCartney-esque (“Born to Die” taps the classic Höfner sound of the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer”) to soul-stung (for the raucous groove of “Luckiest Man,” think Archie Bell’s “Tighten Up”). Khan’s profoundly melodic ear informs the whole set, but in the (low) end, rhythm is king.
CD Review: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "Give the People What They Want"
Gabriel “Bosco Mann” Roth has carved out a gritty niche for himself as producer and bassist behind Brooklyn’s Dap-Kings; it’s reflected in the restrained, funky lines he pulls from his pillowy 1972 Carvin SB60, as well as the tube-warmed analog sound he gets on Daptone releases.