Published Oct 23, 2020There's something seriously amiss if the debut EP from Grand Analog bandleader, radio host and all-around renaissance man Odario Williams doesn't get you moving.
Funky, eclectic and conscious, Good Morning Hunter fuses hip-hop, blaxploitation funk and drum 'n' bass into a seamlessly effervescent entity. Featuring frequent collaborators Len Bowen and Dawn Pemberton, opening track "Peace," with its reassuring chorus "we making it work," is an empowering shout out to the marginalized. The title track is an immersion into the soundscapes of soul cinema with a Curtis Mayfield-inspired guitar solo courtesy of Adrian X that's flipped by Odario's brother Ofield K into a dubby, jungle odyssey. "Hot Hot Heat" is a tropical house confection topped with steel pan and smooth vocals courtesy of Tush's Kamilah Apong. Slower cuts like the haunting electro-pulse of "Midnight: Ghosts" (inspired by Toronto during the early days of the pandemic) and the spoken-word "Disastro" both exude a captivating, midnight aura.
Nary a dud among its seven tracks, Good Morning Hunter is an auspicious debut. (Do Right!)