Indie fusion from Northampton, MA- as a Pittsfield native, it pleases me greatly to hear sounds this cool coming out of the overlooked half of the state. This group incorporates jazzy grooves and harmonies with an indie rock sensibility for a fresh, fun sound. This is their debut EP, I believe. Found this in Melvin Hartland's and Nate Hunter's collections, thanks guys!
Favorite track: Ursidae.
“It's a lush, laidback and funky sound that would provide a perfect soundtrack for cruising town in a very large Cadillac” (Valley Advocate, MA).
5lbs High5 is the product of Mammal Dap's earliest songwriting sessions in October 2012. They hunkered down through the winter in Rhees' basement, where the entire record was recorded, watching the songs unfold in the process. They emerged just in time for spring with their first self-produced EP.
The album draws from a deep love of old school funk and indie rock songwriting, while also giving a subtle nod to master beatmakers like Madlib, Jay Dee and Flying Lotus. The result is a swirling blend of experimental soul and warm electronic textures.
released August 30, 2013
All songs written and produced by Mammal Dap.
Engineered by Rhees Williams
Mixed by Colin Jalbert
Mastered by Rory O'Connor (nitemoves.bandcamp.com)
Recorded in the Rheesment
Artwork by Reed Sutherland
Some of this, like The Spot, is really good, interesting prog. There are a few place where it gets too... mmm... "math by numbers" ... and could do with being a bit more inventive. They don't last long but it's making me a bit wary after such a good start.
The more jazz-like pieces, Voices ... for example, are much better. Peter Jones