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The Cerebral Brothers!,
This review is from: How to Operate With a Blown Mind (Audio CD)
The Lo-Fi All-stars were perhaps the coolest band around when they burst on the dance scene a few years back. Laid back Quasi-American vocals courtesy of The Wrekked Train, funky hip-hop beats and grooved up disco melodies made the Lo-Fi All-stars one of the most credible and creative bands in the leftfield dance scene. So how then does this debut album shape up? Well, it's pretty darn...cool!
'Battle Flag' is perhaps the best track on the album. A funky bass line rips through the tune and there are harsh b-boy vocals from Pigeonhed and the track climaxes with evangelical organ sounds. 'Kool Roc Bass' also stands out: it's a musical cocktail of slick vocals, reverberating bass and electro beats. There's more head rocking sounds in the form of the ten-minute eclectic classic 'Vision Incision' and also in the form of the disco flavoured 'Laser Ship Deep Funk', which sounds a little like 'Fly Life' by Basement Jaxx. There are even elements of Detroit techno on 'Will I Get Out of Jail'.
On the whole, the record doesn't have the bouncy beats and crashing guitar hooks that are common in other Big Beat artists. Instead, the influences incline towards seventies funk, eighties hip-hop beats and modern lyrical poetry. Where the album does flag a little (such as on the lazy 'I Used To Fall In Love'), the whole aura of cool and creative feel of the record makes up for it.