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Magical Thinking by Chico Mann
Released: Apr 2013
Label: Soundway Records
You'd be forgiven for thinking Chico Mann had all but abandoned the funk in his electro-funk equation. Especially on Magical Thinking's first four tracks, the Afrobeat, cumbia and Latin funk that peppered the Antibalas guitarist's earlier releases seems muted, if not just MIA. A gauzy, woozy haze of ambient beats and blips settles over everything, giving the album the feeling of being stoned at a disco. But funk hovers at the edges and corners of sauntering, syncopated rhythms and lightly salty guitar riffs on tracks like "Same Old Clown" and the rolling, rollicking thunderstorm "Estrellitas."
Rachel Devitt
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