"Tap Water" is XL Middleton's first full-length LP in the modern funk mode. As with his previous single releases such as "Keep It Funkin" & "Press Play" (with Zackey Force Funk & Eddy Funkster), Middleton seeks to continue building on the links between 80's boogie funk & 90's g-funk, drawing heavily from both wells to create a fresh new sound that pays homage to its blueprints while continuing to progress and innovate at the same time.
For the most part, the songs on "Tap Water" avoid the instrumental-only ethos of much of today's funk, instead opting for more traditional song structures, resulting in music with easily relatable content. Whether it's a love song ("I'm Ready"), a lust song ("Psychic"), speaking out on the disposable, trend-obsessed culture of the modern day ("Do Me Like That"), or simply declaring his funk dominance ("Bumpin'"), "Tap Water" is a well-rounded album designed to appeal to anyone from the most discerning funkologist to the more casual purveyor of all things on the one.
released October 30, 2015
All songs written by XL Middleton except for "Do Me Like That" written by XL Middleton & Moniquea.
All keys, vocoder and programming by XL Middleton.
Guitar on "Bumpin'" & "I'm Ready" by Damon Aaron.
Guitar on "Sunshine & Power Lines" & "High On Your Love" by Mike Kobayashi.
Guitar & talkbox on "You Know It's True" by Diamond Ortiz.
After just dropping the "Daycruising" E.P., Omega Supreme hits us with "Knockout" which is just as great.
Fantastic from beginning to end. This E.P. reminds me a lot of First Touch's approach and vibe on their debut album from 2009. It's just as good in my opinion.
Dreamy, soulful, atmospheric and done with high quality production, arrangements, & musicianship.
Another great one for both First Touch and Omega Supreme! James Reeno (Spazzoid Records, NYC)
Cannot wait to get my copy of this vinyl on my 1200's!
Love the Superstructure and Nomad tracks, and also the FIRST TOUCH track, "The Whip".
I actually did an extended remix of this track a couple of years ago which remains unreleased.... James Reeno (Spazzoid Records, NYC)