Maui - Kava Kava
It's true that you should never judge a book by its cover. Or even a CD. I wasn't looking forward to listening to the Kava Kava CD; the picture on the cover showing prickly cacti made me imagine, for some reason, that I would be listening to 30 minutes of tribal chants and monotonous banging drums. This was made worse by the intro track on the CD.
However, the second track Don't Stop the Music made me break out into a huge grin. Not only because I was proved wrong about the style of Kava Kava's music, but instantly my mind conjured up Mia and Vincent dancing in the café in the scene from the Tarantino film Pulp Fiction.
All the tracks on this CD contain some seriously funky disco beats, but this is more than just disco. Vocals are strong and seductively rich, beats are mixed with strings and horns and one of the best things about this CD is that none of the tracks sound like the next. The title track, Maui is my least favourite track on the CD, but only because it is the slowest; a come down from the funky grooves of the rest of the tracks. I don't have a favourite track, they are all seriously good.
I am sure that I won't be the only person to say that club culture and live acts, particularly in my hometown of Manchester, need a musical kick up the rectum. Kava Kava, with their superb lush style of reinvented disco beats are definitely one band capable of doing this.
Kava Kava are found here: http://www.chocolatefireguard.co.uk
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