Groove is in the part
Whether you’re a longterm fan or are only discovering Nate Smith in recent times, once you know, you know. Following last year’s Kinfolk and this year’s TheFearlessFlyers (featuring members of contemporary funkateers Vulfpeck) comes PocketChange.
If you’ve ever thought that other instruments only get in the way, this is a drums-only album of Nate’s grooves. The 11 tracks twist and turn as Smith shuffles, diddles and displaces his way through imaginative breakbeat, funk, disco and more. There’s plenty of variation in the sound too, from crisp and cracky to dead snare with trashy hi-hats. If you’ve ever wanted unhindered access to Smith’s masterful playing, this is your chance. (SW)