Since 2005, Brooklyn-based collective Snarky Puppy has built their global legion of followers with a catalog of wildly imaginative, exploratory funk-scapes, conjured up largely by founder/bassist and producer Michael League. Following the unexpected but completely deserved Grammy win earlier this year, they return with their latest album, We Like It Here.

Photo by Christian Thomas

Photo by Christian Thomas

Their critically acclaimed 2012 album, groundUP, featured the kind of cinematic funk that makes League the David Axlerod of the 21st century. The ensemble followed up that success with a left turn – as they often do to great effect – by releasing Family Dinner, Vol. 1, their first album that features vocalists. A video of the single “Something” featuring Lalah Hathaway’s inhuman harmonic overtone – singing three notes at once – went viral, leading to them winning the 2014 Grammy for Best R&B Performance. Rather than resting on what seemed to be the peak of their existence, they dropped a fresh CD/DVD of brand new instrumentals less than two months after receiving the grammaphone statuette.

Building on the organized freedom of groundUP, the new We Like It Here expands Snarky Puppy’s sound with more worldly influences and explosive bombast like you hear on songs like “Tio Macara”– sounds they employed on last year’s Amkeni collaboration with African vocalist Bukura Celestin. Adding mini moog synth to the mix, like they did on tracks like “Shofukan,” gives the album a universal presentation that will impress the fans who loved groundUP and Tell Your Friends without aliening new fans who fell in love with “Something.”

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You can purchase a copy of We Like It Here as well as catch Snarky Puppy live in a town near you by clicking here.

 

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