Packed full of summer goodness, Moonshine Crossroads sees Fab Samperi finally follow up his debut long player (2011’s Power Bossa) with a tardiness matched only by the lateness of this bit of MB shine. As ever though, the contents provide ample recompense for the wait and, as with Power Bossa, Samperi mixes up the old and the new, lacing pumping new beats with samples while a host of guests deliver on the vocal front across hip-hop, electro blues, nu-jazz, electro swing and latin breaks.
Opener Frequencies finds our Fab hook up with another Oz-based rapper in the vein of his Brand New Day cut with Joelistics. This time however, the mic is in the able clutches of Byron Bay emcee Rhombus while Fab himself sings the hook and demonstrates hitherto hidden vocal chops. A strong opening continues with an electro blues rerub of Arthur Crudup’s made-famous-by-Elvis That’s Alright Mama and the wobble soul of Kymberley Kennedy and B-Side-featuring Dope Rider. Also particularly praiseworthy are the psych-soul of Please Don’t Call featuring the decadent tones of Montefiori Cocktail’s Monsieur Bluemenberg, the Tito Puente-indebted The Latin Drop and the tropical sauce of Tranquilo Na Italia featuring DJ Farrapo, Flora Matos and MC Papo Reto. Not too sure about funky Queen-sampling booty We Will Rock You which is possibly a musical crossroads reached under the influence of more than advisable amounts of moonshine but we’ve all been there. Otherwise, this slightly longer effort is every bit the sequel fans of Power Bossa could want.
(Out now on Chin Chin Records)