Hummers Caywan

In many cases, good funk lives and dies by its vocals. Absent a soul diva to carry the load, options are limited, and rapping over a funky instrumental band is rarely good. Luckily, Winnipeg funksters the Hummers have almost entirely abandoned words, not even naming songs, all in favour of the funk flavour. With a rhythmic sensibility and instrumentation (including keys, sax and flute) that veers closest to acid jazz-inspired territory, the best thing the Hummers do is not put too much schoolin' into their heady foot music. This second album shows some substantial progress from their first full-length, loosening up their sound and letting it flow. Even when the final track succumbs to the vocal temptation, the foundation is solid enough to support it. (Sisyphus)