G. Love and Special Sauce: Long Way Down (Philadelphonic/Shock)

 |   |  1 min read

G. Love and Special Sauce: Crumble
G. Love and Special Sauce: Long Way Down (Philadelphonic/Shock)

After the terrific debut single Cold Beverage in the mid 90s (a slice of lazy blues hip-hop for which Sony resurrected the old Okeh label to release), this trio from Philadelphia fell from sight and commercial viability, then broke up for a while.

Pity, because they nailed a laidback acoustic hip-hop style which anticipated the folkadelic movement, owed a little to Beck, and were much more interesting than mellow types like Jack Johnson and Donavon Frankenreiter.

This album -- only available in Australia and New Zealand and released on the back of some dates across the Tasman -- pulls together tracks from their 2008 Superhero Brother and newer material, and reminds what a distinctive, likeably stoner sound they have. (One track is the slippery, soul-funk and funny Who’s Got the Weed about smuggling buds.)

G. Love brings oily blues guitar licks to the sleazy, groove-driven sound of acoustic bass and simple percussion, and everywhere there’s a kind of slacker appeal in their white-boy urban rhymes and concerns (“Jenny don’t crash your car”).

Located between the politically-inspired percussion-driven Peace Love and Happiness and the equally pointed but funny Southern back-porch blues of Superhero Brother are a cover of the Conquerors’ Wontcha Come Home, pop balladry (Crumble), gritty r’n’b (Lottery) and blues-pop (Dreamz).

Set your soul on cruise control. And smile.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various Artists: C'mon (Frenzy)

Various Artists: C'mon (Frenzy)

One of the most popular areas at the current Volume; Making Music in Aotearoa exhibition at the museum in Auckland -- even for shy Kiwis -- is the mock-up of set for the television series C'Mon,... > Read more

Various: The Great New Zealand Songbook (Thom/Sony)

Various: The Great New Zealand Songbook (Thom/Sony)

This nattily packaged double disc with Dick Frizzell's clever twist on an iconic and familiar Kiwi image as the cover arrives in time for New Zealand Music Month -- but already has the feel of the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

LED ZEPPELIN REVISITED, PART THREE (2015): More graffiti scribbles

LED ZEPPELIN REVISITED, PART THREE (2015): More graffiti scribbles

As we have now learned to our (literal) cost, the Jimmy Page remastering of Led Zeppelin albums plus a "bonus disc" of uneccesary "mixes" is little more than a PR job to flog... > Read more

Scratching the surface: In praise of old time music

Scratching the surface: In praise of old time music

I confess to being a hoarder. Nothing embarrassing like bottles, matchboxes, or beer cans. I collect art objects. Well, records actually. Over the decades I've scrounged through junk shops and... > Read more