Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010

Soul and R&B: Year in Review 2010
7. Minotaurs The Thing (Static Clang)
In becoming a fully integrated band unit, Nathan Lawr and the Minotaurs have found their calling as Afro-beat soul pop maestros. The Thing is a masterwork of skilfully amalgamated influences, marrying the emotional grandeur of pop songwriting with the rhythmically complex bouncy grooves, dynamic horn melodies and semi-improvised jams of African and Jamaican music. Lawr's gently lilting voice is a mighty sharp hook to pierce listeners across genres. Reminiscent of Thom Yorke's haunting croon, minus the operatic upper register, and coupled with tasteful guitar punctuations, it provides a consistent anchor to the ensemble's genre hopping and cross pollinating.
Scott A. Gray