Dé Jah Groove's debut release Rock-Bottom Jackpot may just be the perfect soundtrack for the summer.
The Melbourne outfit has earned a reputation as one of the most explosive bands on the live circuit, and they've managed to bring that energy to this album. Their combination of jazz, funk, roots, rock, and hip-hop reminds me of early Cat Empire recordings, which is a good thing.
With six band members, it's little wonder that Dé Jah Groove has a really big sound. The horns are loud, layered over the percussion of the drums and bass. It's also refreshing to hear the Australian accent in Harley Stewart's vocals.
Standouts include the easy grooves of the first single, “Mellow Stages,” the far from lazy opening track “Lazy Sundays,” and the fantastically fun “One Drop High.”
Rock-Bottom Jackpot is in stores now. Dé Jah Groove is currently on the road to support its release. Check their MySpace page for all the dates.