The Brighton, U.K. band the Go! Team offers 11 deep, custom-carved grooves of retrofitted breakbeat soul and new millennial mash-up on Thunder, Lightning, Strike.
Like the Avalanches, this band knows how to layer samples into a pumpin' pastiche while pairing them with scratchy live funk. The resulting wide-screen palette of rhythms ranges from harmonica wailing, Ennio Morricone-tinged aerobics ("Panther Dash") to dexterously bobbing, Bacharach-style arcs ("Everybody's a V.I.P. to Someone"). But the Go! Team truly excels when it tosses tinny northern soul, '70s TV-theme brass, yearning sun-speckled strings, bristly guitar, and double-Dutch chants into breathless exclamations ("Ladyflash," "The Power Is On," "Huddle Formation"). This Lightning strikes gold.