Monday, 10 September 2012

Record Review - Saskwatch

Published in the Metro section of the Sydney Morning Herald, Sep 7.

Leave It All Behind
Northside Records / Shock

Channeling the likes of The Menahan Street Band, the Dap-Kings and the mighty Budos Band, Melbourne nine-piece Saskwatch, with debut LP Leave It All Behind, have tapped into a bubbling subterranean seam of hot, steaming new-school funk and soul, laying it bare – raw and real – for all to see.  Their relative young age is a moot point here; this is music that’s poised, considered, fresh, fat and funky… solid, man.

The record weaves through fast-driving, hard-hitting funk instrumentals (opener ‘Delinquent’ and the N’Awlins-esque ‘Kids’, a world away from how Robbie Williams and Kylie  Minogue sang it), melding seamlessly with soul-drenched numbers, all of which combine to make a sugar-sweet debut the likes of which will have you dancing in the aisles.  Melbourne is Funk City at the moment, and Saskwatch are one reason why.

Samuel J. Fell

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