Afrolicious: California Dreamin (Afrolicious Music, 2013)
Great opening/title track, funky as fuck. A solid blend of Sly Stone/disco/Afrobeat big beat record. Lots of four on the floor kick drum, lots of disco bass lines, and concious quasi-Afrobeat vocal stylings. I also appreciated the reggae/dub influences on track 7 Foolin’. In addition, the vocalist works sounds in turn Afrobeat/reggae-licous — a bit like that dude from back in the day Eddie Grant.
The band is like a freight train with no weak players in the bunch.
I think the title track California Dreamin’ is just explosive and the rest of the recording is just a bit less in terms of songwriting/arranging. If they had hit them all like the title track this record would have easily made it to the best of 2013 list, but it’s still a tremendously hot live band, pumpin’ recording.