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The retro-funk flavour of the Zbonics new CD includes instrumentals fading in and out JB’s style and lyrics mixing personal relationships with social concerns – the Gregory Porter penned “Issues of Life” is a highlight.

Drummer/leader Zak Najor marshals the beats, the rare-groove layers are authentic and brass and vocals sit nicely on top.

The album was recorded over several years – Melvin Sparks, who died in March 2011, guests on guitar – but there’s a strong sense of common purpose, heightened further when Gregory Porter joins on vocals.

Zbonics

Time to Do Your Thing

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