Prehistoric Rhythm, the latest release from three piece Dutch blues band MY BABY, attempts to blend together electronic dance music, gospel, tribal ritualistic sounds and funk into one heady mix in order to engage our “primal awareness”. Some might call that an impossible task, and they’d be right.
Certain songs are admittedly very danceable – ‘Luminate’ and ‘Electrified’ are both very decent tracks with their jazzy riffs and vibrant beat. ‘Haunt Me’ also receives pass marks, yet the more conventional blues tracks fail to show any evidence of “voodoo spirituals” or a primal awakening and end up indistinguishable.
This is an album in two halves – one part psychedelic dance tracks with energetic beats, one part twanging blues and it’s jarring to jump straight from one to the other. The “shamanic influenced musical journey” ends up as a mere hodge podge of tracks, some of which work individually, but don’t turn into a coherent piece. Put simply, Prehistoric Rhythm is an album that doesn’t know what it wants to be.
[Louise Wylie – @WomanPendulum]