Maraj — Kalamazoo, Mich.


Double Phelix
Kalamazoo, Mich.

Make no mistake: you’ve never heard anything quite like Maraj before. Whether you’re into psych-rock, funk, or hip-hop (the most obvious genre touchstones in the ensemble’s eclectic sound); you still haven’t heard anything like this. Rising up like an oasis on the horizon, the group’s full-length is a welcome relief for those of us sick of retreading the same parched musical desert. The free flow of ideas from rappers MotorCityKam and Darius G just swirl with the live beats of Andy Catlin and Ben Lau, and are set off completely by hook singers Sam Cooper and Julia Toro (all members of Kalamazoo’s long-running Double Phelix collective) creating a bouncy, sometimes brooding, fusion of styles that is almost too good to be real.  — Eric Mitts


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