Title - ‘Sunshine Hit Me’ (Astralwerks)
Artist - A Band of Bees
I first heard about ‘The Bees’ while listening to some digital music from my cable provider, and subsequently requested the album from my Editor! I quickly got drawn into it's slick fusion of Jamaican Reggae, Brazilian Pop, Old-School Funk, and even sixties-American folk music – which isn’t half bad considering these guys come from England’s very own, Isle of Wight. These guys may be raw, but they are nonetheless experimentally-successful. After three consecutive listens to the album front to back, I say you could do much worse than to get hip to these new guys from England who definitely know how to groove, rock, scare, and entice you into their world of universal harmony. Combine eclectic tendencies and a nice choice of instrumentation and vocalization, and you get a mainstay in modern pop culture. Thanks, Bees for stinging me senseless!