Havanna Exotica

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A final, funky, groove-centered album from this all-girl group, half of whom went on to form Buffalo Daughter. Fans of the later band may be a little surprised to find this a more R&B-focused venture, far from the retro guitar and Krautrock that BD went on to make, but both groups share a delight in finding a groove and staying there for a spacey, long time. Westerners will know Havana Exotica from the opening song, "Surfin' on Moog," which appeared on the Bungalow label's Sushi 3003 album, a minimal piece of Prince-like weirdness full of old sci-fi synth sounds and smooth harmonized vocals. The rest of the album follows the pattern laid down by "Senchi na Watashi," a dub groove over which lead vocalist Madame J raps and sings. "Bongo Rock" is also good, a sideways tribute to Kool and the Gang's "Jungle Boogie." Pizzicato Five's main man, Yasuharu Konishi, produces and lends a few of his familiar samples circa 1991.

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