The swirling grooves and plush bass lines of Chin Chin came out from under the auspices of a monthly party. This might explain why every show the band plays becomes one giant celebration. The 13 tracks of spry, fuzzed-out jams on their new album capture that feeling of unbridled revelry. Torbitt Schwartz (drums, vocals), Jeremy Wilms (guitar, vocals), and Wilder Zoby (vocals, keyboard) are the core trio of musicians that make up Chin Chin. Stirring together elements of funk, jazz, disco, rock and R&B, the band has created an alchemical brew. Their sound both recalls the 70s and surpasses the era in a synthesis of retro and contemporary. Friends and fellow former session musicians add vigorous accents throughout the album. On the lead off song, "Miami," blaring horns punctuate the rhythm with brassy fanfare. The gentle vocals of "Appetite" flow along a twinkling synthesizer track and later yield the floor to a marimba solo. And the smoky groove of "Le Petite Mort" slinks along under a blurry Frampton-esque vocoder. Unleashing their music for the first time in the US on disc, Chin Chin found a home on Definitive Jux. Joining contemporaries such as Justice and Out Hud, Chin Chin uses world music rhythms, disco-bass and R&B styling to make tuneful, danceable modern funk.
1. Miami 2. Appetite 3. You Can't Hold Her 4. Curtis 5. Hey Hey 6. Where Is My Time 7. Dontchusee 8. Ohio 9. Mr. Sexy Boy 10. Toot D'Amore 11. Cotillon 12. Le Petit Mort 13. Step By Step