Fake Flowers Real Dirt - Release #1
by Kelly Quinn
Fake Flowers Real Dirt
Imagine your favorite club DJ mashing the likes of James Brown with Soul Coughing, Jamiroquai with Thievery Corporation or Lotus with Herbie Hancock. Now imagine that same DJ with a full 9 piece band, fully equipped with a horn section, a breakbeat/fusion drummer and you'll have an idea of what to expect from FFRD.
Mashing funky breaks with jazz and soul, this new outfit out of Baltimore has succeeded in creating a sound where the old and the new can coexist quite peacefully.
"3 Straight Days" mixes groove with live Dnb and tactful horn lines reminiscent of Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. One could almost mistake this song for a long lost collaboration between Beck and the Godfather of Soul himself. Aptly titled, "On the One" drives straight ahead with deep synth-bass and again, killer horns, as singer Billy D William delivers "with gospel soul" (Aretha/Cee-Lo).
Overall, a diverse and auspicious composition equally suited for the dance floor or a seedy jazz lounge. This EP could set the bar pretty high for what we might expect from them in the future.; spacey, air-tight jams with just the right mix of complexity and funk and if you're paying even the least bit of attention, FFRD's nostalgia for the 90's rave scene will not go unnoticed.
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About The Writer
My name is Andrew Muller. I love creative art, music, television shows, movies, video games, and a good story.
If you had to find me somewhere, you would probably find me down at O'neils home cooking eating an organic sweet-potato bun breakfast sandwich with ham.
Among my friends, it's a "Muller Classic Move" to eat Mcdonald's at 2am because it's cheap and open 24/7. The joke here is that I'm an idiot.
I play drums, guitar, piano, and I write & perform music for My Goal Is Telepathy. Take a listen to the latest sound here.