First off, I just want to be upfront and say that I have a secret dream of being the leader of a band. With that being said, this would be the band that I would be a part of. AoA (Astronauts of Antiquity if you’re nasty) are one of the funkiest, stankiest, grooviest, most original kats I’ve heard in a long time.
Funk is the way to my musical heart apparently, because their album, Rocket Science, hit me in the head and kept it spinning like I was in Mortal Kombat with Shao Khan yelling “Finish Him!!”. The biggest shame of all is that again, the East Coast wins again with another hit album.
Rocket Science mixes the ridiculously energetic funk of live instruments, with the sting of the electronic hits and pops that haven’t been this impressive since the 80’s. Add the top notch funky lady known as India to the mix for the heavy handed experience.
But this band slows it down on tracks like Miss Caroline to let you know that they aren’t tempo sluts, and have actual talent to bring us. B. Rhyan is the mastermind behind the tunes you hear from the live band and the laptops, which after listening to this album, make me want to pick his brain on inspiration. Their MySpace gives hint to hanging with Erykah Badu, and perhaps other members of the Soulquarians, but I can’t be too sure yet. I can see how they would get along well though, with tracks like Emo Healing running rampant.
The R&B track on the album though, had to be the 9th track, Breakthrough, with its mellow tempo but powerful hits, complete with the background singers and sparkle sounds underneath it. It brings a solid glow to the already shining album as we hear it already.
Tracks like Supa Soul make me want to strut down the street like a badass detective trying to beat the subways and streets of New York, while you have the axe-heavy Sweet-Tooth adding some variation if you feel like the funk is too much for you. Make sure you listen for the sax solo in the latter half of the song for the full effect of rock-funk. I’m a sucker for a good bass line.
I feel like this may be a stretch but to hell with it: this band is a mix of Massive Attack, Janet Jackson, Erykah Badu, The Mars Volta, and funk heavy TV show tunes of our yesteryears. Add a dash of elevator music feeling to it, with vicious breakdowns as an undertone and you have one of the more original albums I’ve heard in quite some time.
It’s been said that AoA will be making their move to Los Angeles for touring in the future, so in the meantime, make sure you get on their MySpace page and fill your heart with Supa Soul like I did. Ten bucks says you’ll want to strut down the street and solve some mysteries of your own.
Rocket Science is out now, so go cop it ASAP, or at the very least go get your listen on. And big up to Clint over at Miles High Productions for getting this one out to us, this one’s going on repeat.
Until next time my friends,