Got to Move Something
N.A.M.E. Brand Records
With Got to Move Something (N.A.M.E.), Afro-funk veterans Plunky & Oneness (formerly Oneness of Juju) offer a prodigious helping of their multistylistic sound and optimistic perspective on life. Led by saxophonist-vocalist-composer J. Plunky Branch, the group performs an irresistible blend of jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop and more on this two-CD set. Disc one's collection of instrumentals and vocal tunes includes such highlights as the grooving, electronica-meets-funk title track, celebrations of love on "You Make It Happen" and "The Reasons I Adore You" and the uplifting message that love and enlightenment will triumph over hate on "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright." Recorded during a concert last summer in Atlanta, disc two documents the band's electrifying live show. Included are several tunes from disc one, as well as older tracks such as the funky jam "African Rhythms," the gorgeously lyrical "African Sunset" and the reggae tune "Be About the Future," which incorporates a bit of Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up." If the performances on these two discs don't get you up and moving, well then, nothing will.