Various Artists – Ubiquity, Rewind! 4

Hua Hsu

By Hua Hsu

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Rewind! 4

Various Artists - Ubiquity
Irresistible soul and funk versions of old chestnuts.

The best part of the night is rarely the main event; it's the hours leading up to it, when the distant prospects of midnight still seem pregnant with possibility. The fourth volume of Ubiquity Records 'present-meets-past Rewind! series serves up some simply irresistible moments: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings reclaim their stake with a smoldering funk version of "This Land Is Our Land," while Rebirth gives the Mighty Ryeders 'disco gem "Evil Vibrations" a cosmic makeover. Elsewhere, Sa-Ra takes on Sly & the Family Stone's seesawing "Just Like a Baby," Nostalgia 77 gives the White Stripes some soul and Shawn Lee slows things back down (because you should really pace yourself) with a smoky version of Nick Drake's "River Man." The perfect soundtrack for the pre-party, the backyard cookout or the ride to wherever it is you want to go; making things happen once you get there is up to you.