Wednesday, 10 October 2007

ALBUM REVIEW: Republic Of Loose – Aaagh!

2007’s been funk-ing crazy, ain't it? From the freakoid majesty of Chromeo's Fancy Footwork to Prince's sold-out 21-night residency in the venue formerly known as the Millennium Dome, it seems every man and his velour adorning mongrel has a hankering for booty grinding, slap bass tickling grooves. But, inevitably, the new funk revival’s going to generate some unwanted dangle-berries and in Republic Of Loose’s porcelain blocking sound it’s undoubtedly dropped a stinking log. This nine-strong Celtic ensemble’s second LP ‘Aaagh!’ is an indigestible splatter of chart-slobbering sheen riddled with pantomimic misogyny and a neanderthalic sense of violence. Perpetually bulging to grinding R&B rhythms, Timbaland-aping tracks like the The Translation or the insipid flamenco shuffle of Break! could transcend Jamiroquai into the pantheon of disco legends. Thematically dubious and musically incorrigible, ‘Aaagh!’ proves that when it comes to creating hook laden floor fillers Republic Of Loose can funk right off.
Rating: 2/10

Relased 5 November on Loaded Dice Records

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