Jumbledat – ‘Fiends’
Last weekend my band and I ventured down to Katoomba, a little town in the Blue Mountains, to play support for a band we had never heard of, Jumbledat. As we came into the bar to escape the cold, we were introduced to each member of the group one by one, and it just kept on going! It soon all made sense; Jumbledat are the kind of party funk band Sydney could only pray for, boasting a horn section, percussionist, Fender Rhodes player and two MCs in their ranks.
With an average age of only 20 years old, these kids play way too well live to be consigned to Blue Mountains obscurity any longer. Not that they’re complete unknowns; the boys have made a couple of trips to the big smoke playing with local bands like King Farook and bluejuice. But that Friday night, they were in their element, playing to a home crowd of over 250 people for over two and a half hours without switching off the power for one second. I was in awe, and if you have a listen to their music, you probably will be too. It was produced at the bar (Triselies) in-house studio, which clearly gives good results because the recording is as crisp as a fresh apple.
The rhythm section is impeccable, creating the perfect groove template for the rappers to go ballistic over. Just like bluejuice, it’s always refreshing to hear a distinctly Aussie flow coming out of your speakers. Especially given that so much US hip-hop is lamentably awful nowadays. I predict big things for Jumbledat, they’ve got the style and the substance to go far in the music game!