Micheal"Clip"Payne ,who produced and performs throughout this project ,which
is essentially his,is always a dude who is a role model for a Funkadelic.If
you want to see how a Funkadelic looks,acts,dresses,frees his mind..and
plays.How many cats have the nerve to do George Clinton's part of the funk
like 'Maggot's Prelude' or 'Eulogy & Light'?
Well, he wasn't just blowing smoke signals as one can witness on this CD,
Cacophonic FM- 'After The Smoke Cleared'
It's Alice in Funkyland meets the Sopranos as the Funk Mob takes us on a trip
through the tunnel on 'The Journey','Funk History Pt.2',and 'Honey
Psychiatry'.The cover art by Ron"Stozo"Edwards coincides with the music
perfectly.The cd has been fired up and it's time to see the wonders of the
land.Trees,shrooms all the landscape of a place at 4:20.
It's 'Suicide' if you try to outfunk them on the next cut though
"HIP HOP TO SLOW DRAG THAT'S MY CULTURE
YOU'RE STANDING THERE JUST LIKE A VULTURE"
So why test?He talks trash in the tradition of 'Funkadelic's 'Let's Take It
To The Stage'mentality.But like Ali,he'll talk stuff ,then he backs it up
with an assemblage of superb musicians from all over the world such as
Joseph"Amp"Fiddler,Tony Allen,Paul Hill,Gabe Gonzales,Jean Gillet,The
Flash,Ron Priest Smith,Gael Barbieri,and many more.
'Inhale Slowly' features Paul Hill on lead vocal.It is a smooth funky well
sung tune ,that has a reggae/funk feel with some very flashy guitar by The
Flash.Clip who co-produced this song with Paul and Amp, also programmed the
drums, plays synth,and sings.
'Shroom' the next cut belongs in a swami retreat or hasish house.It sways and
flows like a belly dancers navel.It has drummer Tony Allen on percussion from
Fela Kuti fame,as well Clip Payne on drum programming.
'I Never Thought That..'features Gary"Mudbone"Cooper who is easily one of the
best funk singers of all time.On this ballad you hear his perfect pitch and
in tune singing.THIS GUY CAN"SANG"!His voice is as crisp as it was in the 70s
when he helped to make Bootsy's Rubber Band the best in recording funky slow
jams.'I Never Thought That..' is in line with Mudbone's great perfomances,and
the song is a touching testimony to faith in love.
"Alright,we're out of the bed now.It's time to jam!"-Bootsy
And 'Fm Static' the next song,on into 'La La Land',and 'No Sleep Lullaby'are
right back at that groove that makes you want to shake as Jean Gillet plays
some smooth sax.While co-producer Clip Payne plays drums ,synth and toy
guitar.The electronic even seems organic as the jazzy riffs are only enough
to keep the groove moving.
The programming is used only enough to be
organically manipulated.A very analog sounding digital doo!
On'Make It For You' Clip and Louise Alenius Boserup sing a duet with a rhythm
guitar ,flute,and rim shot that will mellow you right out.Clip's vocal is
vintage George Clinton style and reminds me of Parliament as they did tunes
for 'Up For The Downstroke' like 'I Just Got Back..'
Gary "Mudbone"Cooper bounces off the groove on 'Say Yeah(Whoo Yeah)',a bright
funky tune.Fixi Bossard lays down some peppie zip to the synths.Mudbone
Cooper delivers once again with some strong front ground vocals as he warns
that he will take a serious chance at romance.
The formula for the next two songs 'The Meltdown',and 'C'mon Ya'll Don't
Stop''features a hard bunch of musicians who have also have been known as
Enemy Squad, Ultra Unit 420,or Cadillac Heights.On 'The Meltdown'Clip is on
bass,drums,and keys.Gabriel"Undi$co"Kidd on percussion and cuts, Lonnie
Motley on bass,Ron Priest Smith on guitar,and Joseph "Amp"Fiddler on
keyboards and organs.On'C'Mon Ya'll Don't Stop' Gabriel Gonzales is the voice
and provides the samples.It sounds like a night mission creeping behind the
enemy lines of the BLAHS with bop guns set on Splank!
Lige Curry,George Clinton,Ray Davis,Fuzzy Haskins,Grady Thomas,and Calvin
Simon ,all the original Parliaments plus one,harmonize on the cut
'Gimme,Gimme,Gimme'.A tease and a surprise of a reprise of one of the
greatest P-Funk songs never heard!
'Summer In The City' mellows again as Tony Allen gives the song a "rim shot"
drum from Africa via France.As Jean Gillet plays some relaxing
saxophone.Clip's vocal,once again is jazzy and laid back like George's style
of the 70s peak.He is also playing percussion and produced the track.
The last tune'Honey Psychiatry' is a blues funk dark ditty that points to a
place that is very seldom placed in the light.A funky man has to sit down
with a lady Dr. who must examine,diagnose,and administer a solution as to why
the man is in such a funk.It reminds me of a popular TV show where a known
mobster goes to a shrink.
"AW ,WHAT A PRETTY SHRINK"
"YOU MUST BE CRAZY!"
The guitars,vocals,and loops on 'Honey Psychiatry' are all done by none other
than "THE MAN IN THE BOX"Micheal"Clip"Payne.
And the only help the guy in the song probably needed was to cop this CD!...~ Reviewed By Noted P-Funk Historian/Robert"Maggot Minister"Ward