The duo known as T.F.P.P., comprised of Matthew Hettich and Bob Ladue, recently released an album called Chill Crosby, and I was lucky enough to get a copy of it over the summer. For those not familiar with the group, I would hesitantly define them as electro-pop-funk. The funkiness can’t be denied with danceable beats, and basslines that groove for days, but it only serves as a backdrop for quirky and amusing pop sensibility, and sometimes challenging arrangements. A truly entertaining listen, with things that will appeal to your booty-shaking needs as well as a well-groomed sound designers ear, with subtle and intelligent twists popping up around every corner.
The disc opens with the catchy and aggressive The Little Face, which I feel serves as a perfect introduction to this musical endeavor. One Six is riddled with interesting vocal studio manipulations, weaving lo-fi aesthetics with high brow harmonies. Chewbacco is sure to get the head bobbing with it’s steady beat, sexy keyboard lines, and a slightly grimey, aggressive bassline. Again, Mr. LaDue’s vocal harmonies soar above the tightly produced electronica support. I Love the 80 BPM’s awkward breakdowns and unexpected rhythmic shifts, will leave your groove slightly confused. The Snake Will Indirectly kill you opens with a vocoder line invoking images of a singing robot from the imagined future of 1985. Again the beat slides between straight grooving, and straight confusing. Halfway through the tune, a catchy and clear vocal melody comes flying from space to pull the song back from the sci-fi madness of the introduction. The album closes with the eerie I Want to Smoke Your Hair, accompanied by a smooth and sensual remix from Miracle Cat.
I would recommend this album to anyone looking to not take life and music as seriously. Share it with friends, share it with your cyborg pets, share it with everyone, because people need to stop being so grave about things. Cheers to TFPP for providing this vacation from the unyielding weight of everyday life.