by Nolan DeBuke
Stinger picks up right where their last album Public Hi-Fi Sessions left off, yet continuing to take the sound to the next level at the same time. The title track sets the listener up for what is to come. A hard-hitting aggressive genre-bending jam that features low notes from baritone sax, and a cutting rhythm section that drives the record with hard grooves and deeply underpinned funk.
“Men of Trouble,” offers a funky flute solo followed up by a searing guitar solo to contrast the textual differences between the instruments. The song transverses thorough various feels, beats and the ever present ambient of wah, wah drives it through a soulful experience throughout.
“Trickle Down” is a nice transitional tune, that settles the moment and builds into a rock guitar solo fueled by Afrobeats and a mighty horn section that groove together like a prayer meeting.
It was the tune “Lots” that best shows Hard Proof’s Afro-Funk chops with awe-inspiring syncopation and brilliance. Danceable rhythms are non-stop, and get your “bood” moving to the grooving.
How does one describe Hard Proof, almost like a stew that features a dapple of
Antibalas, Bixiga 70, a chunk of Snarky Puppy, a dash of Ikebe Shakedown, and the rhythms of The Funk Ark, and this will give you your entree to Hard Proof!
Track Listing: Stinger; Men Of Trouble; A.R.A.S.; Incendiary; Trickle Down; Boss; War Gin; Lots; Soul Thing.