Suga-Water-Purple- Groove-a-Listic (Bad Fun)
Reviewed by David Lynch, Fri., Nov. 16, 2007
Dysfunkshun JunkshunSuga-Water-Purple-Groove-a-Listic (Bad Fun)
Automakers have race teams because research and development is the best way to learn what works. Ditto with bands. Groups who hone their craft at weddings, private events, etc., know how to move a crowd while deftly switching styles – like Dysfunkshun Junkshun, led by composer and lead vox Brother Magnum Von Stankfinger. Drawing from Sly & the Family Stone and Parliament-Funkadelic, DJ has played with the Neville Brothers, Kool & the Gang, and the Sugarhill Gang. Once more, the Austin septet's myriad club dates and private gigs inspire this compelling debut's 15 street-worthy tracks. The soca-infused "Put Your Hands Up" prompts a reach for the volume knob, while the title track was likely lifted from Prince's vault. And DJ shows depth, from the conviction of "Tomorrow's Song" to "People All Over the World," which opines, "I'm just so sick of watchin' all the cryin' mothers."