From here until the end of the year, new releases start to slow down, so I’m going to try to give you some special features between now and the end of the year. This week, there are a couple of recent releases by friends of mine that I’ll hip you to.
If there’s something you haven’t seen reviewed in Casual Listening this year that you’d like to see, let me know, and we’ll try to hit it before the end of the year.
Doko Benjo – Doko Benjo (world)
A globally-inspired, horn-driven ensemble that you’d be crazy not to dance to. Elements of funk, Afrobeat, salsa, jam rock, and a pinch of hip hop make this a party waiting to happen. I have yet to see them live, but it’s a sound that’s built for the immediacy of a club.
Listen to Doko Benjo “Funk Bus”
Snowsera – Fictions (rock)
A five-song EP from a band with a pop sensibility and a rock edge. If Oasis wanted to resurrect The Police instead of The Beatles, you’d end up in Snowsera’s neighborhood. Clear vocals with a touch of alienation, moody guitar riffs, and a driving rhythm section. Definitely worth a listen.
Snowsera’s EP “Fictions” available free here