Inara George is really getting hype in her collaborations with Greg Kurstin, the keyboardist for Geggy Tah. Now the band, The Bird and the Bee, are combining their jazz sound with hip-hop rhythms and disco.
The end result, "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future" is a great evolution of BATB's sound, with sci-fi keyboards and hot dance hall beats.
This is probably one of my favorite albums of the year so far. "Ray Guns" feature a wide variety of hip-hop beats, 60s funk and sci-fi sounds. It makes for an awesome retro futuristic album.
Songs such as "What's In the Middle" feature rocking hip-hop beats with awesome synthesizers playing in a dark minor key. Best of all, the simple bass line just sounds so cool that it feels more like an old James Bond film. And the cool electric guitar solo adds an edge that no other band has.
Other songs, such as "Baby," layer Inara George's entrancing vocals, making for an effervescent sound. It's so seductive to hear George's oohs and aahs with ascending harp sounds and xylophones in the background.
Awesome dance tunes, such as the single, "Love Letter to Japan," really demonstrate just how comfortable George and Kurstin have settled in with their dance rhythms and 60s sensibilities. The staccato synthesizers combine with a koto sound playing a Japanese melody, making for a surreal romance song about Japan. On a side note, their music video for the song is just as cool, with a Japanese guy playing a Dance Dance Revolution-style arcade game, with George and Kurstin singing on the screen.
And while there are some boring songs, such as the quiet and somewhat dull "Lifespan of a Fly," this is one of the coolest albums I've ever heard from Inara George in a long time. The Bird and the Bee are definitely one of the coolest pop groups in America right now.