Colossus, West Oaktown

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

West Oaktown


The brainchild of Charlie Tate, founding member of Big Cheese All Stars, Colossus draws from that group's palette of funk and soul to create a tight late-night soundtrack that owes as much to hip-hop and turntablism as it does to traditional jazz. A scattershot rhythm shuffles behind "From the Lab", making for a worked-up, agitated groove. "You A Grown Man Now" is built around a thick, soulful chorus and "Thripeny Bits" peppers electronic trills and blips across a rigid, lockstep backbeat. Colossus is a musical cornucopia, snatching up far-flung influences and blending them to make something odd and engaging.