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CD Review

Erik Vienneau

I’m not going to lie to you, I loved the Stereo MCs hit track Connected. It’s luscious, undulating hook and bass-packed groove (you know, the one that is probably stuck in your head after reading this) had me addicted to the track. Well, let’s face it, that classic was more than played out since it’s release in ’92.Now listeners weaning from their listening lust for the Stereo MCs many filling the space with tracks from groups like The Chemical Brothers, Radiohead (for pure creativity) and the Basement Jaxx have another fat dose of Brit electro-based funk with the Stereo MC’s release Deep, Down and Dirty.The title couldn’t be more descriptive that is unless they somehow added the adjective addictive to the title.The album’s title track and lead single find rapper Rob Birch back in inspired form, freestyling those positive vibes over filthy, irresistible funk. &quotWe Belong in This World Together&quot is a huge sing-along anthem; &quotBreeze&quot is dubbed-up urban soul with swirling atmospherics and Vocoder mumblings, while &quotTraffic&quot boasts a colossal, in-your-face groove.The rockin’, rappin’, beat-heavy sound is back, and it never sounded more funky.Pick up the disc at B-Side in Edwards or Mojo in Avon.


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