Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers, “It Sure is Funky”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.07.14 in Listen to This

Strange Brakes & Mr. Thing III, the latest compilation from UK DJ Mr. Thing is just as globe-spanning and body-moving as previous installments — a fact handily evidenced by first single “It Sure is Funky” from the Trinidadian steel drum act Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers. The song is a powerhouse: the band fuses the slow-rolling sound of ’60s calypso with the swaggering rhythms of American funk for a song that exudes leisure suit cool — if Saturday Night Fever were set in the West Indes, this would be its theme song.