Boomkat Product Review:
The irrepresibly funky Hypnotic Brass Ensemble finally deliver their long awaited, absolutely INCREDIBLE debut album for Honest Jons right in time for the summer month in the northern hemisphere. What really gets us about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is that innocently naive but earnest and super-tight High-school Brass band vibe that knocks us out every time, evidently coming from a closely knit group of friends and family bonded with an innate sense of timing and feel for the funk. Most interestingly for big band fans and namely the Sun Ra Arkestra, seven of the eight members of HPO are the sons of Phil Cohran, onetime player with Sun Ra between 1959-61and a true legend in his own right. The joyfully spectral and innately funked sound of Sun Ra is shot straight through HPO's vibe, albeit in a far more succinct and bite-sized manageble sound, which is an achievement all of it's own. Recent single 'Alyo' opens the album with a blaze of scorching Afro-beat making big nods to Fela Kuti, before the hyper-funked 'Gibbous' displays the crew in full swing and the punchy 'War' shows a tight hiphop side to the group. Elsewhere the brilliantly emotive 'Marcus Garvey' swoons with well orchestrated precision and the albums centrepiece 'Jupiter' makes the cosmic connection clear with a beautifully lush composition that's very nearly brought a tear to our eyes. Leading on perfectly is 'Party Started' with more uptempo sweat-funk and the Moondog alike 'Rabbit Hop'. In case you can't tell, we're smitten with this group and hope you will be too. If this doesn't put a smile on your face you may need to see a doctor. Big Tip!