Yo Majesty, Futuristically Speaking…Never Be Afraid

Garry Mullholland

By Garry Mullholland

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Yo! Majesty are a black lesbian booty-bass duo from Tampa, Florida, featuring a chubby one who likes to get her boobs out at Brooklyn loft parties. If you're thinking that this sounds more like a style-mag concept than a real-life band, prepare to be surprised by the excellence of Amazonian Shunda K and plump Jwl.B's debut album.

Floridian booty-bass duo out-funs and out-filths the competition

Opener "Fucked Up" very deliberately doesn't set the tone for what's to come. A genuinely terrifying love-equals-hate song, underpinned by a filthy guitar riff and howled as a primal scream of sado-masochistic angst by Jwl. B, its inky black humor and violent melodrama seem to indicate that what will follow will be an album of angry artiness. Instead, the pair is led down a varied set of less intense sonic paths by a group of very different producers, including Basement Jaxx, Radioclit, Dee Kline and regular collaborators Hard Feelings UK. The butt-shaking ebullience of "Booty Klap," "Club Action," "Grindin 'And Shakin'" and "Blame It on the Change" make this a better dancefloor soundtrack than any of the albums by their nearest competitors, Spank Rock and Peaches.

Admittedly, they aren't outstanding rappers or lyricists. But the musical bravery and pure fun of Futuristically Speaking make it entertaining nonetheless.