Ondagroove: Oh Yeah!
Vodka Doll (grooves, samples)
Jazz Grooves EP, Vol. 1 (Ondagroove Recordings)
Recorded: Ondagroove Studios, Barcelona, Spain, June 2008
Rating: 82/100 (learn more)
If I happen to tune to the wrong radio station, the one that plays the smooth stuff, I sometimes play a little game and see how long I can take it. Usually, Kenny G will show up and I'll scream “Uncle!” Hey, maybe I'm just courting my inner masochist.
I don't know what draws people to that kind of music. Maybe it's the relative calm and regularity. There are no surprises. The rhythms are so predictable. But...but...
Why do I like this track so much? Because it's got some of what the usual aural Velveeta lacks: steaming funk. Sure, the rhythm track is solid and unyielding. But the the keyboard vibe placed against the electronica-influenced rhythm is pretty damned hot. Plus, there's no other word for that tiny guitar figure than wicked. It seems to come by way of Prince's "Sign 'O The Times," and that ain't a bad thing at all.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski