Boomkat Product Review:
Spring-heeled punky reggae steppers and coiled disco-not-disco on the axis of The Slits to Maximum Joy, Dinosaur L and Tapes
Sounding like they sprang from an Amsterdam studio sometime in 1979, The Mauskovic Dance Band are the aural equivalent of a bag of whizz, eight Amstel and some ‘Dam bleed. Peppy as fuck, then groggy, they brings a real fervour and schwag to every tune with revving basslines propelling the chipping guitars and yelping vox with ludicrous amounts of energy, but also enough buttoned-up discipline to keep it all in line and knowing when to switch pace.
Like their previous turns with Dekmantel and Soundway, ‘Bukaroo Bank’ is straight up for the good times, wielding killer descending vamps and congas on the title tune, and wiggling the hips on a quick disco trotter ‘Face’ that practically references Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur L. ‘Wie net we is is gezien’ could almost be mistaken for The Slits lost in Two-Tone era Cov, and there’s weirder echoes of Jameszoo int he wiry oddball ‘Bebi’.
However the 2nd half sounds like they had a zoot mid-set and changed pace, resulting the post-punk dub ace ‘Dr Rhythm Space’, and plonging stepper ‘Telefoon Dub’, plus slower variants of ‘Buckaroo Bank’ with its sloshing nyabinghi drums, and the heads down bop ‘Slow Crack’.