GFS Mount Vernon Street

GFS make a fine mix of modern drum & bass and live instrumentation. Most of the tracks on this album are jazzy, and upbeat. There are lots of ‘70s funk influences in the first half of the album, especially in the live bass lines and the inclusion of the Fender Rhodes on songs like "Spacefunk” and "Mad Style.” Although GFS certainly has the funk, they need some work on their melodies. The trumpet stabs of "Mad Style” are painfully repetitive, as are the synths on "Tribute.” "Curved Glass” undoubtedly samples Toni Halliday, of early ’90s shoegazers Curve to some success. From this point on GFS get a little less funky and a lot more atmospheric, especially in the saxophone-led "Sunday Afternoon In The Basement.” The album meshes together quite well — no single sound is represented, and there’s enough variety to keep things interesting. (Sound Gizmo)