Fantastic Negrito – “Please Don’t Be Dead” is available @ iTunes.
by Walter Price
I don’t know when Soul, Blues, and R&B became so watered down to fit into formula heavy commercial radio. But the repetition, and sameness of current hitmakers rarely satisfy my hunger. Then I got my ears onto Fantastic Negrito’s latest release Please Don’t Be Dead. A brutally honest look at the state of The States. It’s no news to people who use their noodle for thinking that the world is in the most bizarre era history has seen. Communities of the United States, its President, and the sudden urge for folks to be super PC (real or not) are leading the way into a near desolate sort of paranoid uneasiness.
This album and its frontman, Xavier Dphrepaulezz, explore these landscapes. In powerful blues laced soul, funk, and R&B. At times, consciously or not, sonically thumbing a nose at the formulaic pop radio offerings. Using the band’s powers to educate, bare witness, and plead for a viable future of arguably the greatest country on Earth.
In sounds, the second single, “The Duffler”, finds itself someplace between hints of Prince, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Sly & The Family Stone. Nowhere near mimicry, rather, in the spectrum of the groove. Lyrically, the track is a song lingering in the realities of choices made. Cause and effect, awareness and redemption can be a bitch. Its a heavy track with plenty of juice to move you both physically and mentally.
If you’re looking for an alternative to what you’ve been served, something socially conscious, this is it…
Director: Freddy Macdonald
Producer: Fred Macdonald
Cinematographer: Sebastian Klinger
Editor: Freddy Macdonald
Production Company: Macdonald Entertainment Partners
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