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Persuasive Funk

Phuture-T

Persuasive Funk

Inperspective Records
Using live jazz musicians in jungle is nothing new — Roni Size nailed it in ‘97 — and mimicking the effect, often dubbed “drumfunk”, has been around almost as long. Rarely have either sounded so goddamn funky, however. Seemingly taking as much from the winding psych and big band bolshiness of The Heliocentrics or Budos Band as his D&B forebears, Phuture-T’s latest is astonishing. From Sofi Mari’s infectious hooks on the eponymous opener, through the relentless complexity of ‘El Ritmo Mundial’ and savage ‘Frenzy’, to the cosmic psychedelia of ‘Roosje’ and, dare we say, Balearic(!)-dipped ‘Lord Apache’, T’s drum programming teeters on the edge of insanity. Additions like bassist Tom Mason’s bendy low-end mean it’s matched with that all-important soul, though. Each track delivers individually, but the album is best played through, and begs to be recreated live. BEN HINDLE
9.0