CD review: The Hip Abduction, Sun King EP

The band ushers in the rich world textures with “Love Foundation,” a leisurely dub reggae number that sets the upbeat tone. Singer/songwriter David New delivers a seamless flow of sung-swallowed verses, the horn section carries the jaunty melodies and sometimes toots lead, the Afro-drenched twinkling of polyrhythmic guitar shines against the dub-deep pulses of bass, and multi-percussion textures and groove-oriented dance grooves run all throughout.

Breezy, pleasant, easy. In sum, an overall successful outing.

The band plays frequent shows around town; the next dates are this Friday, December 3, at Ringside Cafe, and Friday, December 10, at Fly Bar in downtown Tampa. Check The Hip Abduction's website for more info...

The sunny shimmering suite of tracks on The Hip Abduction’s new Sun King EP were apparently influenced by legendary Zimbabwean musicians Oliver Mtukudzi and Thomas Mapfumo, both known for bringing outside influences into their culture’s traditional Shona music. The eight-piece St. Pete Beach-based ensemble fully introduces the Afro-beat vibe into their own brand of world rock with help from producer Jim DeVito (Donavon Frankenreiter) at Retrophonics Studio in St. Augustine, where they used vintage gear, recorded on analog tape and built the EP’s warm and lush sound.

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