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Jungle Struttin'

The Lions

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The Lions are something of an underground Los Angeles supergroup — an ad hoc assemblage of current and former members of bands as diverse as Breakestra, Sound Directions, PlantLife, Orgone, and Poetics, among others. In late 2006 this motley crew of rock and funk musicians came together at Killion Studios and put together a ragged but enjoyable set of reggae, soul, and funk. There's no electronica here, no synthetically smooth soully and jazzy reggae, just lean and crunchy old-school grooves that sound like they could have been recorded and mixed at Dynamic Studios or the Black Ark in the early '70s. Opening with the dubwise slide guitar showcase "Thin Man Skank" (somewhere David Lindley is smiling), Jungle Struttin' then proceeds to explore instrumental funk ("Jungle Struttin'"), vintage rocksteady ("Think [About It]," featuring the fine and soulful singer Noelle Scaggs), and even some faintly Latin grooves ("Hot No Ho," "Cumbia de Lion"). "Lankershim Dub" is a melodica showcase in the style of Augustus Pablo, and "Fluglin' at Dave's" combines a mellow jazz horn sound with Skatalites-style early reggae. That last track is great, but would have been even better if the flügelhorn were in tune. Very nice overall.


Formed: 2006 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Part a collective and part a local supergroup, L.A.'s the Lions grew out of a series of impromptu jam sessions loosely conducted and arranged by Todd Simon at Killion Studios in late 2006 (vocals were added later at Dan Ubick's Lion's Den Studios) that featured members of Breakestra, the Rhythm Roots All-Stars, Connie Price & the Keystones, Orgone, Sound Directions, PlantLife, and Poetics, among others, all of whom came together because of their love of classic Jamaican reggae styles and the...
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Jungle Struttin', The Lions
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  • €8.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music, R&B/Soul
  • Released: 19 February 2008

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