One could have already suspected this so far, but now, having listened through this album, it clearly turns out that there are only a few producers in the funk-breaks era who is as complex and comprehensive as Morlack is.Each music lover can catch recognizable elements of music at every step of this LP. There are ideas packed enough for 3 track in one single track of the french composer presented in 13 deliberate and thoughtful cocktails.Tracks like "Kiara," "We Could Forever" and "All In Forms" all utilise beats and bass in a more contemporary outlook than we are used to with Bonobo.
Some incredible covers dominate this mix though -two from Gino Dentie -namely his version of B. Express' "Express" and a remake of Brass Construction's epic "Movin'".
Keller also keeps an unlikely version of a classic staple of funk fans for the last tune -an acoustic-led vamp around Archie Bell and The Drells' "Tighten Up" by psych-rockers The Nazz.
It features a wide range of guest vocalists, most seemingly drawn from the world of Caribbean sound system culture, and offers an extensive exploration of dub in its myriad forms.
There are plenty of traditional-sounding workouts, along with a string of cuts that blend the duo's usual warm, hazy and bass-heavy sound with elements of hip-hop, easy listening and sensual modern soul.
Review: Some 21 years on from the release of their much-loved debut album, Sounds From The Thievery Hi-Fi, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton are still going strong.
The Temple of I & I is the Washington DC-based duo's eight studio full-length, and their first for three years.
His undeniably clear understanding of composition and arrangement of live instruments has enabled Green to make an album that reaches out through diverse styles, taking influence and inspiration from wherever possible.
On Black Sands, Green delves into electronic music and bass more than he did across Animal Magic, Dial "M" For Monkey or Days To Come but does so with enough subtlety and finesse to refrain from causing a radical shift in his product.
It's a fittingly fun end to a collection that's stuffed to the gills with rare yet rewarding funk both new and old.