493. Luscious Jackson – “Natural Ingredients”

So finally we turn our backs on the Lucksmiths and tune in to an album that has been getting pretty regular spins in my world for 17 years.

This is one of the rare CDs in my collections that I’ve always enjoyed, that has a distinct sound and context, and which has never prompted me to seek out anything else of theirs nor wonder whether I could see them live.

This quartet of female New Yorkers dropped this fine collection of tracks way back in 1994.  While the band’s indie cred should have been assured (their drummer hailed from an early incarnation of the Beastie Boys), they got a little lost in the buzz around bands like the Breeders, PJ Harvey and the like.

It’s understandable in that there were no wailing guitars (or voices) here, but rather a curious funk lounge disco vibe.  It’s a bunch of summer-in-the-city tracks, with sleepy but kinda sexy vocals and a soulful hip hop vibe not unlike the Boys’ instrumental efforts.

This is a groove album.  While a few tracks stand out (Deep Shag, Citysong, Strongman) really it’s about the 45 mins of a single sound that evokes some very chilled, hip NYC squat/loft filled with Chloë Sevignys and Zooey Deschanels… and you’re all invited:

File under: A recipe for fun

One response to “493. Luscious Jackson – “Natural Ingredients”

  1. There sure have been a lot of Jacksons – Michael, Janet, Tito, Sleepy and who can forget Luscious. An album that still sounds fresh and takes me back to my days selling records to the masses.

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