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MEM-MODS from the album MEM-MODS Vol.1 available on Peabody Recording Company (by Bryant Liggett)
Members of Memphis outfit Mem Mods keep busy. Not busy enough to keep them from dropping what some may call, this reviewer included, a top instrumental release of the year, but for the multi-instrumentalist and ring-leader of New Memphis Colorways, guitar player in Memphis bad-ass’s Big Ass Truck and The Hold Steady, as well as guitar player/front-person of North Mississippi All-Stars, time for a side effort may be slim. Thankfully a small window opened, producing MEM_MODS Vol. 1, a slick release from Memphis music veterans Paul Taylor, Steve Selvidge, and Luther Dickinson that catches a soulful Stax groove while being as cool and inventive as tomorrow.
“Capricorn Catastrophe” is a full and Funky opener that drifts into a dreamy “Three on the Tree” before picking the Funk back up via the bass heavy “Feathers on a House Cat”. There are psychedelic meanderings in “Harmolodica”, some Punk pushiness in “Midtown Miscommunication”, and a full on, hip secret-agent score in “Sonoma Smashup”. They dare make disco cool via “Sparkle Skate”, get experimental and ambient on “Perseveration Blues”, and continue to get out there and trippy on the closer in “Horn Lake Hookup”.
This is a record made by a crew who, thanks to Memphis music luminaries Jim Dickinson and Sid Selvidge, were surrounded by music since diaper and pacifier days. MEM_MODS Vol.1 is horns, wah-wah guitar, thick bass lines and subtle break beats coming together to make experimental cocktail lounge and old-school funk that flirts in the EDM world. Simply put, it’s 22nd Century inventive, cool, and flat out fun. It also resurrects Memphis label Peabody Records, as MEM_MODS Vol. 1 is their first release in near 40 years. Welcome back.
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