Biota Bondo

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Combining Beck's cut-and-paste pop irony with Big Audio Dynamite's worldly dance groove, Iffy's debut long-player, Biota Bondo, spins like a soundtrack to your backyard summer dance party. Composed largely via trans-Atlantic computer collaboration between members based in Minneapolis and in the Netherlands, Biota Bondo betrays many elements of 1980s rave-rock and 1990s Euro-dance music, and very little of the Midwestern roots-punk group Run Westy Run (the former band of frontman KjustinJ [Kirk Johnson, brother of Jayhawk Kraig Johnson] and bassist Tom Merkl). Iffy grabs from a host of influences, and the group's not-so-clever attempts at shading them with modern dancefloor beats makes the listen fun in and of itself. There is bit of Three Dog Night ("Can-O-Cope"), Style Council ("Sweet Stuff"), maybe a little Southern Culture on the Skids meets the Farm ("Da Blink"), even Chemical Brothers flavored with a bit of Marvin Gaye ("Superbad Girl"). While Iffy's frank, grab-bag approach is perfect for the simple, good-time grooves they lay down, if the trio aimed any higher, they might begin sounding clich├ęd and tired. A funky, rump-shaking listen, but nothing seems to stick after the record is over.

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