Formed via the Broadway musical Fela!, The Fontanelles serve up their debut on the consistently exciting (and wonderfully unpredictable) First Word imprint. The result is two pieces of raw, emphatic Afro funk. "Pinprick" has a touch of the snake charmer about it with eastern minor key phrases and wild jazz noodles on the muted sax. "Criminality" comes armed with much more gusto with lively drums and a powerful carnival attitude. Strange name but apt... Anyone with a penchant for Afro funk will have soft spot for The Fontanelles before long.
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