Push - Retrospective 1987-2004Pushband
When the acid jazz movement emerged during the late eighties you had groups like The Brand New Heavies and the Young Disciples, among others leading the way. While those groups have either been on hiatus or simply disbanded there is one group that is still carrying the torch and that is the collective known as Push. Their latest record is filled with rhythmic soul and tasty grooves that only a cohesive band can deliver. Their disc starts out on an energetic note with the organ grinding horn blaring “Stomp”, an instrumental crowd mover rounded out by a tight rhythm section. “It’s Over” a mid-tempo tune with mellow Rhodes is a nice cool down track to recharge before from burning up the dance floor. “Lay It On The Line”, perhaps the strongest tune here is another scorcher aided by sparkling electric guitars riffs and the unmistakable vocals of Seal. While there aren’t any tracks that will do knock you off your feet but “Retrospective” is a solid recording throughout from a band that knows how to lay down a groove.
Reg Dancy, 09/11
Putumayo Kids - Animal PlaygroundPutumayo World Music
Subtitled 'Playful tracks from around the world' we start with 'Animal Crackers' from the aptly named Wee Hairy Beasties (featuring the Mekon's Jon Langford). Some tracks like The Be Good Tanya's 'The Littlest Birds' are more familiar than others while Quartetto Cetra deliver an Italian version of 'Old Macdonald' and kids themselves join in on Les P'tits Loups du Jazz and 'L'Otorhinoceros'. Be warned if you listen to this with your kids you might find you keep singing 'no more monkeys jumping on the bed' for the rest of the day! Good fun.
Graham Radley, 06/07