Sault came out of nowhere less than two years ago and has already churned out 4 amazing records, this being the most recent, and in my opinion, the best. You’ve seen it before: anonymous musical collective, pitch black artwork, “let the music speak for itself”, etc… I really didn’t want to like this as much as I do. Each album is highly approachable and devoid of pretense, executed entirely on their own terms. There’s so much ground covered, from afrobeat and samba to vintage funk and AM soul to golden era rap and Chicago house; it’s safe to say whoever’s involved have spent their lives devouring and mastering these styles. This sorta quells my 10+ year desire for a new Sa-Ra record, although Sault don’t really sound anything like them. Check out "Strong," "Fearless" "Son Shine" and "Free." Bonus points for the mastering which feels lightweight and unoppressive. These have been increasingly hard to get ahold of, especially in North America, so get on top of it. Recommended.
reviewed by Fusilli Jerry 01/2021