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Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha / review

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Snarky Puppy is a seemingly unstoppable band. The giant collective of jazz fusion masters released their 11th album, Culcha Vulcha, on April 29, just two months after their last album, Family Dinner, Vol. 2, came out, and it is a beautiful work. Michael League, the band leader and core member, said in an interview that the in-studio recording of CV is a "turning point" for SP, as they've recorded all their albums live since 2008. The spontaneity is still there, though, and the whole album stays upbeat and groovy, buoyed by an improvisational spirit and the confidence that comes with being a master at one's instrument. "Grown Folks" has sawtoothy synths cutting into wandering saxophone solos and sexy guitar wah-wahs-the whole eight-minute track sounds like a giant raised eyebrow. On "Beep Box," Snarky Puppy puts their synth skills to the front, traveling from spacey 80's wash textures to crunchy hip hop beats.