30/70 - Fluid MotionRhythm Section
If by now you're not aware of the deep well of talent emerging from Melbourne you better ask somebody. It began with Hiatus Kiayote and others but 30/70 is quickly serving notice as a band to be reckoned with. "Fluid Motion", their third lp is filled with strong poly-rhythms and funky eclectic melodies topped off by the endearing vocals of Allysha Joy. The quintet is a collective of musicians with their own separate projects yet make notable contributions to these compositions. The title track begins with Horatio Luna's languid bass groove and Josh Kelly's hypnotic sax merging while summoning the rest of the group to add their ingredients to the simmering stew of sublime funk. "N.Y.P." is nocturnal bliss that begins with Jarrod Chase's soft rhodes melody that serves as the foundation for Joy's soothing vocals before the tempo builds to a restrained pitch. "Backfoot" is an all for one jam session with the focus on delivering infectious funk. This band is on the rise and this superb record is worthy of repeated listens. Highly recommended.
Reg Dancy, 10/19