Reviewed by Joanna Cummings
Some years ago Cross Rhythms reviewed an unknown independent release on Perfect Music and told the world (well CR readers) to look out for the World Wide Message Tribe. Now here's another name which EVERY fan of R&B, hip hop, garage, drum 'n' bass and house will want to make a note of for this, The DNA Algorithm's debut, is a stone killer, every one of the six songs surging with energy, soul and original rhythmic ideas and superlative vocals. Some CCM buffs will already know the group in their earlier guise of Danny B and Natasha for their appearances on The Alpha Zone and Chp from London demonstrate conclusively that you can be white, have New Zealand-born parents and still sing with lashings of street soul. Production throughout is exemplary though avoiding any accusation of nepotism I won't comment on the transformation of the DC Talk oldie "New Thing" into a careering house anthem as it was co-produced by my dad (!) together with Zarc Porter. The other producers are Psalmistry's Tony 'The Psalmist' Silcock and The Wades' Lloyd Wade. All six songs are hot. The groovy beats, hot melodies and clever harmonies all combine to make a truly brilliant EP. It's impossible to name a favourite track, suffice to say I'm certain this group will be making maximum impact in the future.
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