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