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Mr. Something Something by Mr. Something Something

Heavily influenced by Manu Dibango, Fela Kuti, Osibisa and Hugh Masakela, Toronto based Mr. Something Something incorporates their own rhythmic stylings into an impressive and danceable self-titled debut. One listen and you're hooked. Mr. Something Something features catchy melodies, whimsical lyrics, and effective instrumental embellishments adding to a most satisfying mix.

"The Prize" is a groovin' piece from start to finish. With a relentless beat and straight ahead vocals, the band cuts loose with a generous dose of improvisation. MacLean's sax is rich and full bodied. Hultqvist offers up clean, pulsating vocals with an effective call and response that segues nicely into MacLean's return on sax.

A tricky drum pattern ushers in O'Kane's hot trumpet on "The Power Narcotic." It doesn't take long for the band to start cooking. Nice ensemble work throughout, all the while maintaining a hypnotic afro-beat.

"The Contender" continues to satisfy, with punchy melodies and skilled performances from the band. Dyte takes a few choruses, improvising along the way with feeling and power.

Mr. Something Something is a recording loaded with spirit, welcomed exuberance, and rhythmic muscle. Everyone is having a great time playing music that lifts the spirit and gets the body moving. A careful blend of inspired vocals and instrumental punch make each piece a gem in and of itself. A solid first effort.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mr. Something Something
  • CD Title: Mr. Something Something
  • Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: World Records
  • Tracks: Prize, Invitation, Power Narcotic, Contender, Dis
  • Musicians: Johan Hultqvist (voice & shaker), Larry Craves (drums, percussion), John MacLean (tenor sax, voice), Liam Smith (bass), Paul MacDougall (guitar)
  • Rating: Four Stars
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