Take the title song, which rumbles to life with one of Dane’s wompfunk bass lines before the drums of Dubsmith (that would be Todd Smith, a constant rhythm presence throughout the album) and a cool little horn section punches their way in. The main voice early on is the breathy flute of guest Mateo Monk, dubbed to shapeshifter perfection; the blast of the sax at the 2:50 mark is the wildest tar pit roar you’re going to hear without climbing into a time machine; and when the track decides it’s time to go, it dances into the mists and vaporizes in the coolest of ways. Plenty to dig into – and never too much: that’s Alific’s style and it makes for a solid listen.
Hang on as “Madness” morphs from deep-beat clubbiness to a flat-out midnight run with the windows down, feeling something like a jammed-out “L.A. Woman” as Frank Mitchell Jr.’s sax takes the wheel. When Lenny Kurlou mans the mic for “My Destiny”, the mood takes a swing into the poppier side of things, while “Fat Drops” and “Lucid Eyes” are what good smoke sounds like.
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