- Release Date 2008-04-21
- Label Twentythree
- Catalog TO10DIGI
It's bouncy opening, inexplicably titled, Bumblehaun, sets the tone for the rest of the album - a laid-back, though not entirely chilled-out set of tunes. For the die-hard FB fans, you might be shocked at the lack of a 15 minute indulgence, and dismayed at the use of (gasp) vocals on some of their tracks. But don't worry - the lyrics are strange enough - 'The wheels on the bus go round and round...'
Ahem. But pretensions aside, there's enough here for everyone - there's world-fusion on Mother Nature's Spies, more familiar FB guitar-electronica melting pot stuff on the cute DNA, Latinised trumpeting on It's A Knockout and Motown Coppers is souped up Shaft - served up electrofunk stylee, as they say in some parts. Hardly music to relax to - more music to drive to, if anything.
Just what do those weird and wonderful track titles mean? Who cares - indeed, it's the music which speaks volumes, and it's a fine, if more mainstream album which certainly contains more heart than the equally fine but soulless offerings from Zero 7.
Dick Witty - BBC Collective