By: Sterling Martin
WTF IS ZOOGMA? Festival appearances, hashtags and most notably thousands of lime-green stickers asking the question have spawned curiosity about the innovative jamtronica quartet all over the U.S. — and for good reason.
ZOOGMA is at it again this week, delivering Road Rage Volume 1 to fans via Bandcamp. The new live album features not only an array of original and remix tracks, but also a number of covers and more. All of which were recorded over the past year from the band’s various tours.
Road Rage Volume 1 takes no time to getting started, opening the new release with “Let My Shorty Ride,” a wicked 6-minute remix of Young Buck’s “Shorty Wanna Ride.” Falling second in line on the track list is ZOOGMA classic “Okami,” containing grooves that flow back and forth between effortless breakdowns and jams, which draw emotion from every corner in your soul.
Bringing familiar sounds to the ear is a funk-ified cover of “That’s the Way (I Like It)” that KC & The Sunshine Band would even approve. A fresh take on Flume’s “Holdin’ On” is another track on the live release that gives the original a close run for its money.
An impressive 15-minute session of “Apophis,” followed by “M10” near the end of Road Rage Volume 1 are individual journeys on their own, each really allowing the band to showcase their talent—undoubtedly causing the crowds for which they were performed to go haywire.
From front to back, the new ZOOGMA release is stuffed with countless vibes to please the music lover of any genre. Stay tuned for future releases, as this is only the first volume in a collection of live compilation albums from their road and tour performances.
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