Funky Monkey Babys

Funky Monkey Babys

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The Funky Monkey Babys made a name for themselves on the sheer energy of their music (and the teeth of a certain bandmember on each album cover). On their debut, they came out swinging with that energy. Funky Monkey Babys pop borrows heavily from other ideas (witness the Chuck Berry/Memphis-style guitar in "Oh My Lady" or the Beastie Boys delivery in "Chekeratcho"), dumps on frenetic vocals replete with microphone handoffs galore, and modern dance beats to fill in any possible gap in the melody. With their tendency to overlap one another and interject endlessly, many songs come out in the form of a happy, drunken jam session. They're more carefully crafted than that, however. Revelry over the top of "One" hides a carefully crafted reggae groove underneath. An electric guitar provides the backdrop for a surprisingly complex breakbeat idea in "OreOre Rap" that drives harder than one might expect. "Sonomanma Higashi He" uses a cascading, driving vocal pattern that's been behind the success of both Funky Monkey Babys and bands like Ketsumeishi. The sound is an intriguing one -- it's being developed through a series of bands in Japan specializing in summer anthems, but the Funky Monkey Babys show a strong sense of rhythm and technique that puts them at the top of their game.

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