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Time Traveller

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Album Review

The title of Jack Splash and his fellow revelers' third album is indicative, not that it wouldn't be telling as a title for either one of Plantlife's first two full-lengths. It's steeped a little more in synth-funk than Remembering Back to Now and The Return of Jack Splash, but Time Traveller is definitely all about funk, whether that means James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, Funkadelic, or Prince. In various guitar riffs, basslines, and choruses, there are subtle allusions to '60s, '70s, and '80s funk nuggets — "Was that Mass Production, or was it Heatwave...or was it both?" — while "Agirllikeudeservesamanwhotreatsuhowulike" pretty much lifts Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio's "It's Time to Party Now" wholesale, despite its Princely title. Splash's bratty Lil Wayne-meets-Michael Henderson falsetto can wear thin across 66 sprawling minutes (the crew would benefit from a second lead voice), but something far more problematic would have to be in play to impair this stomping good time.

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s

No matter the derivative chosen, whether it's electro-funk, hip-hop-funk, or funk-pop, Plantlife simply makes fresh, vintage-sounding funk; however, their music is very much rooted in traditional hip-hop formulas and programming. When Panda One, core producer for West Coast indie rappers Tha Animal Pharm, and MC Jack Splash first got together in Los Angeles during the late '90s, they didn't plan on releasing any music. Tired of what they perceived to be a stagnant hip-hop industry, the two completely...
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