I’ve only come across a handful of compelling discs this year. Mo’ Horizons …And the New Bohemian Freedom is one of them.
It is hard to describe this bizarrely compelling mix of acid jazz, bossa nova, soul, and electronica. Yeah, there is also some Brazilian funk in the mix as well. But the songs, while somehow seeming musically related, are all very different.
No two songs are very much alike.
The first track that caught my attention was the ethereal Shake It Loose. I heard it somewhere (Starbucks?) and it was an ear worm — a musical virus. A base riff repeats over and over, followed by bongos and then an organ riff, and lastly, a drum pattern. It builds up in layers and is coolly hypnotic. A few chords later, you almost have a melody.
Couldn’t get it out of my head.
Starting from that cut, the least latin influenced on the whole CD — the music careens all over the map. Drum’n Boogaloo is a piano driven mexican riff, complete with horns and Ayiiis!
So Ma Guisee uses a Spanish guitar riff as its backbeat, and then turns into straight up soul. African Sunset goes 1970s retro. And so on.
This is going to be a polarizing musical pick — I suspect some people will love it, others hate it. I have been enjoying it since early this summer.