Netwerk: Electric

Expression Sessions

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Santa Cruz's Netwerk: Electric grooves through seven tracks on their sophomore studio effort, Expression Sessions. Though the band stays pretty firmly rooted in groove music, they careen from style to style, including space funk ("Tune In"), organ jazz, and psychedelic dub ("Receive & Transmit"). On "Lifted," they receive saxophone help from former Greyboy Allstar and Lenny Kravitz sideman Karl Denson. The band's take on groove music is decidedly current, with breakbeat and hip-hop influences permeating the sound just as much as classic sources like the Meters. During the peak of "Receive & Transmit," the band seems to suddenly break free of what they were doing and find themselves in the middle of an improvisation that sounds, of all things, like the Ominous Seapods, goofy forefathers to the jam band scene. Though their jamming can occasionally be monotonous, they fit together quite well, with each member of the quintet knowing his role well that, even without explicit soloing, the band can shift the focus gracefully from instrument to instrument.

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