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Cherry Pop

Title - ‘Karma Obscur’
Artist - Shob

Talented bass player with many collaborations (Roger (Biwandu-Zawinul syndicate), Patrick Rondat (G3), PapaGuyo (Sly & Family Stone), J Halliday, Charles X, Eths…), Shob releases his second album Karma Obscur after the successful debut, Pragmatism.

An intense progressive rock/funk played live by amazing musicians, Karma Obscur is Jazz-Rock Fusion at its finest. Twisting and turning delightfully, never steering a course too unknown, in my humble opinion, Shob's sophomore album is already his best work.

1. “Hors D'oeuvre” (2:02)
2. “Straight Ahead” (5:25)
3. “Except I'm 65” (4:47)
4. “Enclosures” (5:19)
5. “Karma Obscur” (4:18)
6. “Rusty Dog” (5:36)
7. “The Right Move” (4:53)
8. “Green Elephant” (5:15)
9. “The Professor” (4:23)
10. “Divergence” (5:29)
11. “Action Mutante” (3:55)
12. “Dissection” (5:25)
13. “Sulfur” (5:03)

We begin with the appropriately entitled “Hors D'oeuvre”, a slap bass funk delight, that blends seamlessly into both the harder, more pronounced Blues bass of “Straight Ahead” and then the lush, R&B vibe of “Except I’m 65.”

The frenetic soul/blues “Enclosures” is up next and that’s followed by the title track, the terrifically paced “Karma Obscur.” The tempo comes down somewhat next for the late night jazz club appeal of “Rusty Dog”, before it’s picked right up again for the playful jazz notes of “The Right Move”. Some ferocious slap bass is back again for the brilliant “Green Elephant”, which is followed by the deliberately stop-start pace of “The Professor.”

Next up is “Divergence”, which is backed by another stand out track on this sophomore album, “Action Mutante.” The album then comes to a close with the jazz lite “Dissection”, before rounding out with the Blues organ , and guitar-backed beauty “Sulfur.”

Line-up: Shob - Bass, Guitar (3, 6, 7, 9-13), Additional Percussions With Morgan Berthet - Drums; Denis Cornardeau - Guitar (2-4, 8); Gabriel Druot - Guitar (5); Jean Loup Siaut - Guitar (10); Pierre Danel - Guitar (11); Jorris Guilbaud - Keyboards (6, 7, 10, 11); Vincent Vilnet - Keyboards (4, 12, 13); Tony Lavaud - Keyboards (2, 5, 8); Robin Magord - Keyboards (3, 9); Laurène Pierre Magnani - Vocals (3); Monkey D Beasty - Vocals (1); Rémy Béesau - Trumpet PJ Ley - Trumpet (3); Olivier Miqueu - Trombone; FM Moreau - Sax; Ludovic Lesage - Jumbe, Congas

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