Matt Smith's World

Misc 101

Texas Platters

Matt Smith's World

New Millennium 2011

If you loved the Monstas' syncopation, Matt Smith's World is the next stop in the rhythm universe. Smith's New Orleans-cum-Texas vibe ("Walk the Talk") is deliciously funky and soulful ("Hot Club of Brooklyn," "Dance With Me"), especially when LZ Love joins him ("Struggle On") or when it skews toward hip-hop ("Things To Do [Before I Die]") then jazz ("What Will I Do [Without You]"). Count Ernie Durawa among the World's masters and hope Smith plays this around soon.

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