Chris Dave and The Drumhedz
Cat no. 3779441
You already know the Drumhedz. You just don't know that you know the Drumhedz. They're the session players and the road warriors, or, "Cats that were looked over, but they're bad," in the words of the Drumhedz bandleader Chris Dave, who's drummed for everyone from Adele to Bieber and D'Angelo. The group's self-titled debut LP showcases rich textures and a family of musicians whose credits coil like ivy around nearly every pillar of modern sound. There are nearly 50 Drumhedz in here, spanning core crew like Pino Palladino (bass), SiR Darryl Farris (vocals) and Keyon Harrold (horn), to old familiars like James Poyser (the Roots) and Shafiq Husayn (Sa-Ra), to fresh guests like Anderson .Paak, Anna Wise and Goapele. The LP opens with a liftoff sequence, gives way to the astral rap of "Universal Language," then takes off with "Dat Feelin'," a go-go paced march through the center of the galaxyÑyou can almost picture space dust and hurtling asteroids as brass blows and drums pop. But despite the celestial bent, these are very human songs.