Bad Rabbits: These boys from Boston boast the self-proclaimed “swagger of Prince with the intensity of Bad Brains.” I don’t like setting additional biases before a first listen so wait until after the jump for my two cents.
On first listen it felt like Kenna and Prince’s lovechild was moonwalking over my eardrums (my good one and my busted left one – so you know it’s nice). One of the things I adored about GTA: Vice City was the soundtrack; I remember driving along the coast listening to Fever 105… Oliver Cheatham’s “Get Down Saturday Night,” Kool & the Gang’s “Summer Madness,” and the Pointer Sisters’ “Automatic,” … great times… Anyway the point is Bad Rabbits brings a mix of Fever 105, Bad Brains’ “Banned in DC” intensity, Boston “because we’re banned in DC” bravado, Prince’s swagger and uncanny cacophony of synth and soul, more than a touch of Kenna, a splash of D’Angelo’s pre-prosti-not-so-much vocal stylings, and the Faneuil Hall funk of a rabbit who left his bad on the dance-floor. Bad Rabbits sounds like what neo-new-wave-funk with soul should sound like. So if they want to bring the eighties back; it’s okay with me, that’s where they made me at.
Watch this space: Who knew Beantown knew how to get down?
DOWNLOAD: Bad Rabbit 2 Song EP
This Sunday, the Artist Flashlight shines on the one – until recently – in Prince’s shadows: Creative Director and hybrid artist, Anthony Malzone.
Prince recently authorized the release of his limited edition prints by Malzone for display and sale at the San Francisco Art Exchange
Malzone captures the enigmatic soul of the iconic artist with a mixture of layers, colors, and altered perspectives to highlight depth, breadth, and an almost transcendental metaphysicality that parallels Prince’s own persona and artistry