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Menahan Street Band Make the Road by Walking

With Make the Road by Walking, Daptone’s extended family chalks up yet another impressive retro-coated long-player–where do they find the time for all these side-projects? As with previous releases by the collective, the fidelity is high. Most of the all-instrumental tracks waver between Motownish and Stax/Volt-esque flavor; the mood is very “Soulsville”-era Isaac Hayes-meets-The Funk Brothers. Crisp, tight ensemble playing defines tracks like “Tired of Fighting” and “The Contender.” It’s enough to make you pull out the hip-huggers and do the watusi. If you’re a groovy guy or gal, or a fan of all things Dap, this is a must-have.

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