Hot Press - - Albums - Nov 19 // Liessa De Decker

From the get-go, Oddsocks set the bar pretty high, but with new al­bum The Sound Of The City they raise it even higher. In­deed, they absolutely nail the Rhythm & Groove genre they seem to have rein­vented. What might sound like or­di­nary pop songs be­come well thoughtout com­po­si­tions, with a mix of pure soul and funk thrown in. First single ‘What You Try­ing’ and ‘Could Have Been Good To You’ are two very catchy songs, de­serv­ing of the air­play they will surely get, but when you im­merse your­self fur­ther into the al­bum, you’ll dis­cover more hidden trea­sures.

‘The Birth Of The Cool’ takes you smoothly through the Oddsocks world, with the drum and bass set­ting the groove, the vo­cal­ists tak­ing turns singing lead, and the gui­tar funk­ing things up. The laid­back, jazzy feel of ‘Gotta Get

That Feel­ing’ is in­ten­si­fied by the sax­o­phone that blows through­out like a gen­tle breeze, with the syn­the­siz­ers tak­ing the song to new heights.

‘Say­ing Things’ and ‘Some­body’s Gotta Do It’ jump out, be­cause they sound un­like any of the other songs on the al­bum – in a very good way. The Sound Of The City makes mu­si­cal ref­er­ences to some of the great­est artists in the soul and funk world, but Oddsocks take their place amongst them with sur­pris­ing ease.


The Sound Of The City Jeanie Mac Records ‘The Birth Of The Cool’

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