Freekbass: Everybody’s Feelin’ Real
Weaned on the fertile funk scene of Southern Ohio that brought us Bootsy Collins, Ohio Players and James Brown’s King Records, bassist Freekbass possesses all the low-end goods but chooses not to repeat the rhythms of the past. Instead, his brand of funk reinvents the style for the present. Helping him in this endeavor are members of Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band and Skerik, along with Jennifer Hartswick, who offers a hypnotic vocal turn on “Battery.” If you listen closely, then you can hear echoes of Rick James and Cameo in “Victoria Thunder” or even early Red Hot Chili Peppers on the title track. “Rise” exhorts listeners to get on their feet and submit to the groove. It sets up the album for what it truly is, a space-age party soundtrack for your trip to Mars.