The Crooked Doctor is a project that's based in Melbourne, Australia, but it also features a variety of singers and instrumentalists from around the world. This is the brainchild of The Doctor himself, and the project has just released its debut EP The Crooked Doctor. The EP was recorded and mostly mixed by The Crooked Doctor in his lab, mixing elements like heavy sub bass, dreamy guitars, percussion and more. Mixing was also done by Melbourne rock legend Andy Fernando over at Singing Bird Studios and mastering was done by Lachlan Carrick.
According to The Crooked Doctor, the best way to describe the EP is that it’s a mix of funk, dance and groove rock into an explosion of bass and boogie. When I listened to the EP, it sounded like the Neville Brothers during the ‘70s meshed with Dr. Dre’s beats from the ‘90s. It feels like the New Orleans funk from the ‘70s time traveled to the 21st century on this EP.
The EP gets going with the funky and soulful "Stick to my Bones". It's an infectious song with a smooth vocal delivery. The guitars are organic and bluesy which juxtapose against synth bass and a drum machine.
Up next is "Pulled Down" which is a genre bending song mixing elements of rock and hip-hop. "Work to Die" is another deviation coming a little closer to sounding like Talking Heads with a solid groove that was easy to appreciate. "AD Funk" is smooth, soulful funk and very 70's inspired.
The singers are varied between each song which makes the album dynamic with United States based singer Shelley Segal featured on “So Damn Pretty” and Melbourne crooner Lewis C singing on “Stick to my Bones.” My personal favorite of the EP is “Work to Die” because the beat has an urban feel to the music.
Overall, there is a lot to appreciate on this eclectic EP. Take a listen.
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