Holy smokes! Fremantle has been brewing up one hell of a psychedelic, hip hop explosion to shake our booties to! Funky six-piece group POW! Negro have followed up two smoothly sublime singles with their debut EP – a jazzy number dubbed Jasmine & Licorice. The six tracks are a fluid mixture of foot-stomping rhythms, fierce vocals and fresh vibes.

To kick things off, a track bound to make quite the racket (pun intended) is Racketball. The tune begins with some cacophony sounds and slithers into vibrant vocals, creating an interestingly eclectic atmosphere.

Money For Portraits is the first track I heard from POW! Negro and it’s what got me highly interested in digging into their unique sound. The raucous single makes you feel like you are standing in the middle of a sweaty, packed-out room while the band is having a ridiculous jam session. There’s also faint Bootleg Rascal vibes at the beginning of the song.

Jasmine & Licorice leaves you with that KAPOW feeling and takes you on a groovy ride through experimentation with sound, texture and modern hip hop sensibility.With sensual vocals and dreamy instrumentals, POW! Negro is a band to look out for. Featuring production from David Kennedy (A Tribe Called (A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def) and Michael Jelinek (The Growl), the EP is only a small teaser of the huge things to come from this group, breaking new ground for the genre. Catch them at BIGSOUND in September!

3.5/5

POW! Negro – Jasmine & Licorice EP
Released: 28 July, 2017 via Independent