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Fantastic Negrito (from the album White Jesus Black Problems available on Storefront Records Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz, known to his audiences as Fantastic Negrito, dipped into a wide and deep grab bag of influences on White Jesus Black Problems. A bit of Frank Zappa and a dash of David Bowie for sounds from the avant Rock world, along with a healthy dose of P-Funk, Outkast and Sly Stone from American Funk. White Jesus Black Problems is hearty rock-a-delic R&B, a choice dose of music that you can throw descriptors at all day that land close to the genre target, each correct but still not hitting on its it’s un-definable coolness.
From the slow and dramatic opener of “Venomous Dogma” to the funky mover in “Highest Bidder”, back to a toned-down groover ballad in “They Go Low”, a mood is being sustained. It is a party mood, it’s a serious mind-warp to a tripped out and funky score.
“Oh Betty” is shuffling goodness, “Trudoo”, with its subtle guitar fills and handclaps, is funky fun. The album closer, “Virginia Soil”, is an anthem of freedom that also has a dash of twang and Gospel. White Jesus Black Problems is clean and gritty, old school and next week fresh, but at the end of the day when we’re done saying its hip and prog-rock weird while also funky and dancefloor filling the simple descriptor is that it’s a record that’s just awesome.
And it will pass the ten-year test. Will you listen to Fantastic Negrito in ten years, while thinking it is as fresh then as it is now? The answer is yes. (by Bryant Liggett)
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