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The Carps “The Young & Passionate Days of Carpedia” Album Review

July 29th, 2007 by

The Carps
The Young & Passionate Days of Carpedia
Urbnet: 2007

“It’s Punk Rock with a gun to R&B’s head on the dance floor.” (from their bio)

Toronto’s finest “The Carps” have given their listeners some audio gold with their new release: The Young & Passionate Days of Carpedia (Urbnet Records). The dynamic duo, Jahmal Tonge and Neil White, announce, from the start of the album, that they’re here to do one thing- make hip “shakingly” good music. J. Tonge takes a moment to warn listeners that this EP “might be the rawest thing they’ve ever heard.” Strong and ambitious words for a young group but for the most part they stayed true to their word. Their dance-worthy beats, and thrash heavy bass lines are comparable to “Death From Above 1979” and their raw, soul driven vocals make an astounding impression.

Two sure tracks that deliver are Compton to Scarboro and All The Damn Kids. Compton to Scarboro begins with the classic Bell Div Devoe “Poison” snare cymbal riff and leads into a tale about the dangers of gun violence accompanied by a rather seductive bass line. They close the album with the track, “All The Damn Kids”, and most would agree that it will be a certified club anthem. In total, The Young & Passionate Days of Carpedia is a confident and exhilarating debut; everything a good dance album should be.


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