Frusciante’s back with the Chili’s, Warmduscher funks it up, and Meshuggah can’t be turned down, or off
This week, Frusciante and Rick Rubin reunite for some Chili’s brilliance, Warmduscher bring the funk, and Meshuggah keep on roaring
This week’s top picks:
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love
- Warmduscher – At the Hotspot
- Meshuggah – Immutable
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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Unlimited Love
Unlimited Love reunites not just Frusciante but longtime collaborator Rick Rubin who now enjoys three decades with the group, working on Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991), Californication (1999), By The Way (2002), and Stadium Arcadium (2006).
Frusciante said “when we started writing material, we began by playing old songs by people like Johnny “Guitar” Watson, The Kinks, The New York Dolls, Richard Barrett and others.
“Ever so gradually, we started bringing in new ideas, and turning jams into songs, and after a couple of months the new stuff was all we were playing.
“The feeling of effortless fun we had when we were playing songs by other people stayed with us the whole time we were writing, and for me, this record represents our love for, and faith in each other.”
Warmduscher – At the Hotspot
Written over a period of over a year in lockdown, At the Hotspot, produced by Joe Goddard and Al Doyle of Hot Chip, takes the raucous energy Warmduscher solidified on their critically acclaimed 2019 release Tainted Lunch, and injects it with a slightly more polished, ‘80s funk sound, kind of like stumbling home to your squatted loft after a drunken night at the local disco.
It’s crunchy on the outside, smooth on the inside, and might be the most immediately enjoyable music Warmduscher has ever graced us with.
“There was a lot of partying,” says Clams, laughing about the gestation of the album. “We were like, ‘aarrggghh’. We were just happy to be doing something and seeing each other. It was that weird energy, where you’re fed up and you’re kind of angry, but in a good way.
“We would spend like two nights a week writing, maybe once or twice a month, sometimes less.” This went on for about a year, with all the members bringing in their contributions, until it came time to record – which, in typical punk rock fashion, had its own set of obstacles to overcome.”
Meshuggah – Immutable
Full of surprises and yet instantly recogniSable as the work of metal’s most idiosyncratic force, Immutable redefines and redesigns the Meshuggah sound across more than an hour of the most stimulating and absorbing music the band has ever made.
Despite the challenges of the last couple of years, the progressive principles that have always cemented their artistic efforts remain as steadfast as ever.