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SK Radicals - When Will We Belong?

SK Radicals first caught the world's attention in 1999 with the fab single "Reaching 4 Da Farside," a multi-genre excursion that  left fans eagerly awaiting more music from the English band.   Nearly two years later, the Radicals have fully delivered on the promise of that record by releasing one of the best albums of the last six months with When Will We Belong?

Like their forerunners Roy Ayers and the Mizell brothers, the SK Radicals strike a perfect medium between jazz and contemporary urban styles, resulting in an ear-pleasing experience that stretches the boundaries of what is known as nu jazz. When the musicians lock into a groove, as they do on “Bit Bomb Funk” and “Baduski,” the sound is best described as a more complex Brand New Heavies, with strong solos from band leader Sean Khan.  While Khan’s sax may dominate the proceedings, he’s ably supporting by the supporting cast, as keyboardist Phil Peskett shines throughout and the rhythm section of Daz-I-Kue, Victor Starkey and Neville Malcolm ensures that every move is firmly grounded.

Extended remixes of “On the Street” and “Evolution” are included to pad the running time of the disc, but they disturb the flow of the album as they are more club oriented - stick to the original versions.  Remixes aside, Belong is sweet fusion for today's generation,  further proof that the jazz aesthetic is alive and well.

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Released 2001 on People

Selected Tracks:

In Pursuit of Trane
Evolution
On the Street

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