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Classic Album Review: Bullfrog | Bullfrog

Scratchadelic turntablist Kid Koala takes the helm of this funky Montreal sextet.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


You don’t have to be a hip-hop aficionado to know that scratchadelic turntablist Kid Koala is the big name in this Montreal sextet.

But what you might not know is that old-school P-Funk and acid-jazz are the name of Bullfrog’s musical game. No beatbox-driven crew, this honest-to-goodness band — jazzy guitar, lumpy bass, snappy drums and percussion — effortlessly unspool supple, smoothly bumptious grooves (reminiscent of early Red Hot Chili Peppers) that anchor a slate of lighthearted lyrical wordplay (with echoes of De La Soul) and, of course, Kid K’s pyrotechnic prestidigitation and whimsical LP manipulations (which sound like no one else on earth).