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Sound Directions  -  - The Funky Side of Life  -  - Stones Throw  I'd love to know what cataloging - system Madlib uses for his LP collection; the master DJ - adds the most esoteric samples to his music. He - produced, arranged and mixed The Funky Side of - Life while working with an amazing group of jazz - performers. See, Madlib's always leaned heavily toward - jazz, and with this instrumental disc, he goes for broke. - Sound Directions tackle be-bop, psychedelic soul and - free-wheeling funk, slipping in beats under the radar to - create fantastically layered music. -- Kara Luger -
  • Sound Directions

    The Funky Side of Life
    Stones Throw

    I'd love to know what cataloging system Madlib uses for his LP collection; the master DJ adds the most esoteric samples to his music. He produced, arranged and mixed The Funky Side of Life while working with an amazing group of jazz performers. See, Madlib's always leaned heavily toward jazz, and with this instrumental disc, he goes for broke. Sound Directions tackle be-bop, psychedelic soul and free-wheeling funk, slipping in beats under the radar to create fantastically layered music. -- Kara Luger

Chocolate Genius Inc.  -  - Black Yankee Rock  - Commotion Chocolate Genius really is Marc - Anthony Thompson, who added the "Inc." to his - pseudonym for his latest album, Black Yankee - Rock. Thompson's still entrenched in n-soul, but - he's certainly no D'Angelo -- for one, his voice isn't as - pretty. In his defense, he's far more musically varied, - combining textures and subtlety where the D'Angelo of - old (not the new, puffy, oft-prosecuted D'Angelo) simply - took off his shirt and flexed. While Thompson doesn't - have the chops for crooners like "The Yes Eye," he - manages to pound slinky funksters like - "Tomboyrockstar."-- Kara Luger
  • Chocolate Genius Inc.

    Black Yankee Rock
    Commotion

    Chocolate Genius really is Marc Anthony Thompson, who added the "Inc." to his pseudonym for his latest album, Black Yankee Rock. Thompson's still entrenched in n-soul, but he's certainly no D'Angelo -- for one, his voice isn't as pretty. In his defense, he's far more musically varied, combining textures and subtlety where the D'Angelo of old (not the new, puffy, oft-prosecuted D'Angelo) simply took off his shirt and flexed. While Thompson doesn't have the chops for crooners like "The Yes Eye," he manages to pound slinky funksters like "Tomboyrockstar."-- Kara Luger

Bang Sugar Bang  -  - Thwak Thwak Go Crazy!!  -  - SOS  Though I'm fairly sure female singer/ - bassist Cooper isn't packin', there's no doubt she puts - the "cock" back into "rock." Whether wailing like a Pat - Benatar/Chrissie Hynde hybrid or sneering prettily into - her beer, she yowls lines like, "He likes me 'cuz I match - his car" in the bar sing-along "Tony." Thwak - Thwak is a bit punk, quite a lot more rock, and - something I really didn't expect to like. They save most - of their rebellion for the record company, on tracks like - "Kill the Radio" and the awkwardly drab "Major Label - Interest," but for the most part, it's good ol' rock & roll - fun. -- Kara Luger
  • Bang Sugar Bang

    Thwak Thwak Go Crazy!!
    SOS

    Though I'm fairly sure female singer/ bassist Cooper isn't packin', there's no doubt she puts the "cock" back into "rock." Whether wailing like a Pat Benatar/Chrissie Hynde hybrid or sneering prettily into her beer, she yowls lines like, "He likes me 'cuz I match his car" in the bar sing-along "Tony." Thwak Thwak is a bit punk, quite a lot more rock, and something I really didn't expect to like. They save most of their rebellion for the record company, on tracks like "Kill the Radio" and the awkwardly drab "Major Label Interest," but for the most part, it's good ol' rock & roll fun. -- Kara Luger

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