Hell, some of the stuff has no label (other than what the artist is calling his own effort), but that, of course, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not incredible stuff.
When it comes right down to it, some of the best stuff this year has been straight from the artist’s efforts.
Which brings me to Alan Wilkis and his Babies Dream Big. I’m assuming at least some of the LET readership actually lived through the 80s and remembers that wonderfully cheesey, yet oh-so-funk-a-groove-a-licious synthesizer vibe that made everything sound slightly futuristic and instantly danceable.
Whether you do or don’t remember, Alan Wilkis has created a perfect update to that sound. Part Prince, part Stevie Wonder, all tasty. Seriously, this CD was the most “fun” album of the year for me, hands down. Mr. Wilkis can play my birthday party each and every year so long as he continues to groove like this.
(WIlkis comes in at the 1:04 mark)
mp3: Burnin’ (link expired)
mp3: It’s Been Great (link expired)