Long time Cross Rhythms readers will know that Detroit-based Sidney Howard is the eccentric genius behind SIDzCarbonatedMilk. Here he brings some more tracks which are again dazzlingly original though if you wanted to pigeonhole I would suggest retro analogue synth mastery and a tribute to Herbie Hancock and the pioneers of jazz-funk fusion. This generously-titled record is both superbly talented and unbelievably FUN, or as one track title would put it, "F(Un in the S)ummertime". Puns abound, and not just in track titles; the catchy "Nacho Man" traverses the troubles of a rocky relationship with plays on all sorts of savoury treats. The backing is rambling, shambling, dense with sound and gloriously analogue synths, but the density doesn't detract from the fun; it adds to the bustling party atmosphere. Sidney Howard himself burbles and freewheels his main synth lines with glee and gallons of talent; the titular "Analogue Monster" is jaw-droppingly cleverly composed and performed. And in the midst of all the funkiness, God's not absent; "(Is It You) Who Will Rescue Me?" is a psalm in P-Funk harmonies, while "Feel Better (Comfort Song)" reaches out to a friend through God and prayer. This is absolutely my summer jam, and in all probability next summer's too.
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