CD REVIEW: Elevate by Regime 72
Ok. Quite confused about this mob.When you Google Regime Seventy Two you get a FaceBook page about music management services, but precious little about an actual band. I have learned a lot about their core business –
“Regime is a lean team of open-minded professionals with more than 30 years of combined experience in the music industry. We are based in Malibu California…”
So with little background preparation, I had to dive straight in, which is sometimes the best course of action.
To be clear, I found this album really bewildering and exasperating. The first four tracks, all instrumental, are a good example of a misguided attempt of a foray into jazz fusion. The real low point comes with the cover of Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”, which is the very bottom of the rollercoaster ride. After three – Why??
But then, as if after a long winter’s night, the warmth of the sun arrives, to bring hope and belief – in the form of the groove. “Gang Ten” takes the baby steps, whilst “Ready To Live” captures the missing mojo. “Larimar” gets the funk, and could be part of the soundtrack to a blaxploitation movie. Get Tarintino on the phone -now! The album finishes with “Trapezoid Dub”, a nice way of book-ending the album.
Beguiling and infuriating. Regime Seventy Two – I’m hooked.
by Steve Kinrade
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