Afrobeat gets a new voice on "Nyash UP!" as Chicago Afrobeat Project reinterprets the music of Radiohead, Fela Kuti, Fugazi, Ceu, System of a Down, Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin, 808 State, Talking Heads and the Vandermark 5.
The band's interpretations of the originals are loose on some tracks and more straight-forward on others, while the most notable difference compared to earlier records is the addition of original lyrics from vocalist Squairblaq on nearly half the tracks. Staying true to the genre, layers of horns criss-cross with powerful keys and dynamic percussion. Slinky guitars intersect with hypnotic, looping bass lines -- all rounding out what is by far the group's best studio album to date.