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The Heavy | Sons

The retro-soul men supply the soundtrack for a blaxplotation pic that never was.

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WHO ARE THEY? You remember that band that was on Letterman that time? They did that song called How You Like Me Now? And Dave loved it so much he made them play it twice? That’s these guys.

WHAT IS THIS? Their fifth set of vintage-sounding R&B, soul and funk reminiscent of James Brown, P-Funk and Prince — and arguably their most consistently strong set in years.

WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? The soundtrack to the greatest blaxploitation movie that never was.

HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? On vinyl, cassette or preferably 8-track — pumping through a big-ass stereo straight from the ’70s.

WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Groovy, gritty, earthy, streetwise, rambunctious, fiery, energized, rowdy, nostalgic, pumping.

WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? It’s pretty much all killer and no filler: The disc busts out of the gate with Heavy For You and never looks back.

WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY THINK? That you’re a bad mammer-jammer.

HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? Anytime you need to get down with your bad self.

IF THIS ALBUM WERE FOOD, WHAT KIND OF FOOD WOULD IT BE? Chicken and waffles — heavy on the syrup.

SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL? Give these dudes their due, sucker.