Ju Ju Space Jazz


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Alexander Nettleback and Daniel Conway clearly approach electronic music with a wide-eyed enthusiasm for Parliament-style comic space funk. "Atomic Toothbrush" mimics the mothership classics with vintage synthesizer solos and guttural vocal chants. But rather than inspiration or tribute, this feels more like pantomime. Unfortunately, this Austrailian unit seems insistent on acting out their most juvenile antics on record. Ill-advised big-band horn on the opener "Viberooni" and "Miami" sound more like community musical theater than any down-and-dirty jazz vibe they were more likely going for. But perhaps the low-rent theater analogy carries more weight than one would think. "Trance 'el' Vania" finds vocalists Monika Elek and Phil Frea dueting through a ridiculous vampire and diva romp. There's the mandatory drum'n'bass cut, "Intersound," and some Latin vibes, "Undercover Mystics," and a finger-snapping jazz rant, "Chasing Time," that at least has a compelling kick drum. But there is no sense of discovery or that this group might have the slightest new thing to say. Ju Ju Space Jazz think they're funky, but they're really Pat Boone covering Little Richard.

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