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Us3
Say What!?
(self-released)
www.us3.com


That's right, the band that brought us the funky techno remix type version of the Herbie Hancock classic "Cantaloupe Island" is back with a new record. Say What!? is wall to wall four-on-the-floor easy-house music with a severely jazzy twist… perfect party music for your long summer nights. The jazzy break-beat of "Say You Belong To Me" is a prime example of exactly what this group still has to offer the musical world. Accompanying some of the finest drum programming in recent times are some of the most viciously smooth raps and R'n'B vocals, horn arrangements, and tasteful guitar flourishes. The breakdown in "ABC (Listen Up)" has a soulful 60's flavor that would fit in nicely on a G. Love song, but the modern scratching and rapping throws the song into a whole new category. There are slow jams like "Afrodisiac" that play the part of urban love music in direct contrast to absolutely stunning techno-rockers like "Intoxicated". The music hits on some avant jazz passages during tracks like "VIP (Can You Hear Me Now?)" and lays down some smooth island beats at times like "I'll Be Right Back". All things considered, Us3 has somehow survived a fickle music climate and continues to make very groovy music that bucks modern trends… this jazzy groove collective is as good as any on the planet, and purveys a tasteful jazz that is better than most anything happening these days. Get all groovy and check it out.

-L. Keane


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