XL Middleton + Eddy Funkster’s album is truly an opus long overdue. In sound, it draws heavily from LA’s musical well over the last several generations, bringing forth hard electro funk styles on “Show Some Respect,” bouncy lowrider funk on cuts like “Solicitation,” and giving a progressive nod to 90’s g-funk on the LBC’d out “California Fly,” which features Domino of “Getto Jam”. Furthermore, XL + EF channel the more modern feel of ambient, pad-heavy funk on songs like “On Our Way To Funkmosphere.” In spirit, it’s more of a P-Funkesque party, as the entire MoFunk roster plus extended family join in variously.
Cassette and Vinyl EP also available for pre-order.
“Psychic” was one of the choice cuts from XL Middleton’s “Tap Water” LP, and its message of unfolding lust (“if you really want it I suggest you let it be known/Cuz I am not a psychic”) made it the perfect candidate for a remix from the original Freak-A-Holic himself, LA electro legend The Egyptian Lover.
Still on the heels of his critically-acclaimed LP “Tap Water,” XL Middleton returns, however briefly, with a cassette of cuts that were intended for that album but not included in the final run. This is “Tap Water Runoff.” It includes six tracks, some instrumental, some vocal, all of which are laden with XL’s melodic, bass-heavy synthesizer funk.