Third Coast Kings: West Grand Boulevard (Record Kicks, 2014). A full retro funk record, some vocals but mostly instrumental. A bit of James Brown, a bit o’ the Meters’ bounce. Me myself I’m more down with the George Clinton stoned cosmic funk one might find on the stone cold classic, Maggot Brain, but I had this record on in the car with a bunch of kids and they were feelin’ it. You gotsta start ’em out young and this is a good funk primer.. The drummer kills it on this disc, full on slicin’ and dicin’.
Sidi Toure: Alafia (Thrill Jockey, 2013). I find Toure’s playing to be top notch but I don’t find his vocals to be as powerful. He busts out a few times with some inspired singing but he sounds more interested in playing than singing. However, when he plays man he kills it.
Kasai Allstars: Beware the Fetish (Crammed Disc, 2014). I’m a big fan of the Konono No. 1 record put out by this Belgian label (the distorted amplified thumb piano just works for me on that record), but this record is a bit low energy for me. There’s some really nice guitar playing here and a lot of call and response vocals. And hand drums.