Title - 'Solide'
Artist - Shob
For those not in the know, Shob is a very talented bass player with many collaborations with fellow artists such as Roger (Biwandu-Zawinul syndicate), Patrick Rondat (G3), PapaGuyo (Sly & Family Stone), J Halliday, Charles X, Eths…), amongst others.
After the release of his debut album Pragmatism (2015) and his sophomore album Karma Obscur (2018), he is now once more coming back to the musical fore with the quite brilliant new album Solide (out May 3rd, 2019 via Inouïe Distribution/La Route Prod).
2. 'Primal Fear'
5. 'La Brèche'
7. 'Turbo Zulu'
8. 'What Now?'
11. 'Dr. Gros Zozo'
Shob's music is an intense progressive rock/funk played live by amazing musicians and the fact that Shob has played more than 1000 shows in the past six years is showcased here perfectly in this impassioned collection of 11 new tracks.
The album begins with the purest of Afro/Punk mantras within 'Hostile' which once both 'Primal Fear' and the Hip-Hop majesty of 'Mémoire' have had their musical say, come back again on both 'Vertige' and 'La Brèche.'
With a brass section featuring FM Moreau & PJ Ley - which, between the two of them, gives this album its Afro/Funk buoyancy - and some downright groovy percussion from Ludo Lesage, the album continues sprightly onward.
This, for the most part instrumental album keeps the mood free flowing on both the '80s electro vibe of the title track 'Solide' and then one of my own personal favorites here, the honest roots appeal of 'Turbo Zulu.'
Also featuring some solid back bone drumming from Morgan Berthet (Myrath, Eths, Kadinja) - who also performed on the first two albums - these jammed improvisations continue with more Afro/Funk ambiance on 'What Now?' and another stand out cut, the brass-heightened Hip-Hop of 'Totem.'
The album, which also comes complete with some amazingly funky guitar work from both Johary Rakotondramasy and Jean Lou Siaut, rounds out with some Orleansesque rhythms on 'Cure,” before ending on the atmospheric Afro/Funk of 'Dr. Gros Zozo.'
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