Ric Robertson – “Louisiana Love Thing”
Ric Robertson’s Strange World EP (produced by Dan Molad of Lucius) is a cross-genre odyssey, and in it, funk is the future. The New Orleans-based visionary synthesizes the full canon of American music — New Orleans jazz, classic American pop songsmiths, modern funk, and R&B to name a few — and births it into something out of this world. Robertson, a former member of Lucius who has toured as a sideman with acts like The Wood Brothers and Rhiannon Giddens, masterfully weaves together the joy of dancehall funk with experimental and forward-thinking production. In the vein of forebears like George Clinton and Dr. John, Strange World is both a joyous escape and a thoughtful collection; it reminds us of the ongoing revolutionary power of music and storytelling amidst tidal waves of technological development, reckless world leaders, and global unrest.
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