Does your day need some smooth funk? Then try a drizzle of Hot Mustard’s new album, Seconds.
Made up of Antibalas’ trumpeter Jordan Mclean and TV on the Radio Trombonist Dave ’Smoota’ Smith, along with the assistance of cellist Helen Gillet and vocalist Alanna Royale, Hot Mustard is as grooving as they come. The group combines mellow funk with cruising hip-hop rhythms and a dreamy psychedelic atmosphere. On this particular record, they lean very heavily into the hallucinogenic side of their sound, and you’ll find it is one deeply chilled glide from start to finish.
Tracks like “Low Boy” are as laidback and tranquil as can be, complete with moaning cellos, walking guitar licks and a bobbing, hypnotic beat. Meanwhile, other tunes, like “Nickel Empire” and “Mustard Green,” feature more hot brass, Hammond organ and a steady, marching groove, like something you might expect from Grant Green’s funkier days.
There is certainly a jazz and R&B element within Hot Mustard’s multifaceted sound. You get the sense that this is a band made up of record collectors, and perhaps some sounds from their vinyl collection seep into their music, including the likes of Richard “Groove” Holmes, Booker T & The MG’s or maybe even Grover Washington Jr.
With each song bleeding into one another, this entire record is a single uninterrupted trip of fluid funk. It’s going to be the sauce that’ll you’ll want at every backyard BBQ this summer. Pick it up here today.
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