Squelchy synths, party-hearty raps and Syndrums abound... if you can handle the whiff of Blue Stratos and pencil moustaches, there's much fun to be had
The early 80s boogie/electrofunk force is strong in this one!
According to the hype sheet, Global Warming was discovered by five theoretical physicists who got bored of working on the Large Hadron Collider, built a time machine instead and went back to 1985. But I suspect that may not actually be true... nevertheless, it's fair to say this album catches that early-mid 80s vibe as well as any you're likely to hear. As such, your appreciation of it is going to be determined by two things: firstly your opinion of early 80s post-disco/pre-house dance music, and secondly your opinion of records that can safely be filed under 'homage/pastiche'.
On the first note, many different grooves of the period are represented here, from party-time hip-hop (A Bad Day) and go-go (Wordzzz) to shimmering plastic disco-soul (Got No Return) and sleazy electrofunk (Baby Come, which mixes 'n' matches resung chunks of both Relax and Do It To The Music). If you're looking for a reference point, Dave Lee's Doug's Disco Brain (as Doug Willis) springs to mind.
On the second note, well... it's a matter of personal opinion of course, but I tend to think of music like food. There are chefs like Heston Blumenthal who are constantly looking to do strange and wonderful new things; these are the Aphex Twins, Flying Lotuses and Radioheads of the kitchen. Then you've got your traditionalists, who concentrate on making established dishes as good as they can be. And there's nothing wrong with that at all.
So, if we continue that analogy, Lord Funk isn't going to win any Michelin stars any time soon. But he will rustle you up as fine a pub Sunday roast as you could ask for.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 8 April
Review Score: 8