– THE CHARM OFFENSIVE –
I don’t know what GODTET lead singer, Godriguez’s real name is. But you’ve gotta have some balls to give yourself that as a nickname, right?
That, and some serious skills.
Fortunately, the Sydney-based guitarist, producer & beat-maker has more than proved he had the latter with his production work on Sampa the Great’s The Great Mixtape as well as a string of his own pieces released into the ether since 2014 (and compiled into a collection in 2018).
So what could be better than another collection of jazz-infused electronic funk created by the great Godriguez? What about him being joined by a bunch of his über-talented mates?
GODTET is the live operation he heads up and what he, keyboard player Andrew Bruce, percussionist Dominic Kirk, bass player Jan Bangma and drummer Tully Ryan do is take the template laid down by Godriguez and scribble outside of it in the most magically messy way imaginable.
Comedy is the best example of that to date from the quintet. A slinky, bluesy, jaunt of a track, it lollops along like a bunny rabbit with a limp (if that wasn’t too sad an image). I love the jazzy piano lead line, the way the drums are so ‘in the pocket’ they’re practically dragging the track’s trousers to the floor and, of course, the charismatic front-man’s song-length improvised guitar solo over the top.
Recently, the quintet released new music – an album called II which will be released on July 19. You can find out more about that record and listen to the track Enumerating on their Bandcamp now.
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P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –