It’s a well-known fact that every single person in the world enjoys funk music, but very few seem keen to admit it these days. I can’t get my head around it. It’s true that I’m not quite on par with the great, late Jimmy Castor, so it’s unlikely that I’m going to change public perception of funk. I guess I’ll leave that to Federation of the Disco Pimp. “More Than Dancing” is the new album from the seven-strong Glasgow act. What does the title mean? Use your imagination, people!
Having been produced in Studio G by acclaimed producer Joel Hamilton, you’d be foolish to expect anything less than immaculately-layered sound. It’s no wonder that the band were thrilled to work with this man. Isn’t it funny that clean sounds can make you want to get dirty? Think about that one.
Everything you’d expect from a top-rate funk album is here, from the Hammond organ to pure sax appeal to songs that make you think of Herbie Hancock on speed. Ultimately, the band do all the hard work. As the listener, all you have to do is dance. It’s not that hard.
Despite being a largely instrumental affair, occasional pugilistic allusions are given, most noticeably on “Pound For Pound” and “Bruce Lee,” and with good reason. This album will take you a good ten rounds before knocking you from your feet – in the nicest possible way, of course.
Well, I think I’ve said enough. If you like to dance to music that wasn’t invented by a computer in Stuttgart, this is the album for you. Get it bought.