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Count Basic – Sweet Spot

July 21, 2016

Here’s one that I simply and absolutely felt compelled to review. It was released in Europe a short while back before being released here recently. Still, this one could have been released a long while ago in Europe, and I still would have been driven to review it once I had gotten wind of it being released here in the States. After all, we’re talking about a jazz/pop/R&B/funk international icon, Count Basic. Remember them?? For those who don’t, this powerhouse duo gave us many hours of monumental grooves and had a huge presence on smooth jazz radio in the 90s. I actually thought that the group had disbanded. The lovely lead singer Kelli Sae had even gone solo for a bit. Well, whatever the case, here they are again, Sae and guitarist/composer Peter Legat, with Sweet Spot, driving the needle past measurable points with its hot dance and jazz grooves. Ah, how I have missed the dynamic of their music and the sexy Sae’s enticing vocals.

Any way you approach this album – beginning, middle, or end – it will grab you and hold on until you’re drenched in sweat or smoldering internally with the unshakable vibe they present.

Jumping at you, pulling you from your comfy seat to boogie down with such jazz-fused electronica stompers like the lead and title track, “The City,” and “Off My Skin” – just for starters –this is signature Count Basic again tearing it up and reemerging to reclaim their rightful place in this wide open and always accepting genre.

Let’s get this straight: If you know Count Basic, or even if you don’t, dance and intensity is the order of the day here. This is such a well-produced and uplifting album, so reminiscent of that funky tight essence that the duo showered on us years ago. Get your unashamed groove on with this one. – Ronald Jackson