CD reviews: Kong Fooey

Mixing home studio grit, attention to detail and a touch of electronic sheen, this Auckland trio's debut full-length effort is fuelled by former Pumpkinhead drummer Jason Peters' love for old-school funk and soul.

Though it's hard to ignore the tight hi-hat technique (Time To Move), the bursts of organ (Let Go) and a range of smooth vocals from various collaborators, these are merely the moving parts of a larger machine whose main consideration is energetic fun.

It might have taken two years to complete, but Final Destination arrives as if it were knocked off over a weekend of partying.

And that's a compliment.

• Kong Fooey. Final Destination. Independent. 

Four stars (out of five) 

Single download: Right As Rain
For those who like: Booker T, Parliament

- Shane Gilchrist

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