DIRTBOMBS, THE: Ultraglide in Black: CD

Thick modern soul via Detroit, when the mood you’re in is silky, fithy, and swingin’. The lineage: Curtis Mayfield, Barry White, and Marvin Gaye – all of whom they cover. It’s got the right swagger, the right heart, the right licks, the right licking, the right harmonies, and the honey in the right places. All with grit. (“Underdog” could fit perfectly in the original “Shaft.”) The band’s centered around Mick Collins (ex-Gories, ex-Blacktop, ex- King Sound Quartet, currently also in The Screws), and the sound’s knob polished into perfection by Jim Diamond. I say buy this for fuckin’, especially if your lady or man don’t dig the punk when you’re gettin’ the sweat on.

 –todd (In the Red)