1983's New Horizons set contains two superb efforts and they kickstart the album and the two-fer CD. The bass heavy, slapping Zapp beat so well loved by funk aficionados is gloriously resplendent and in control on "Your Thing Is Your Thing". The clapping beat, the freaky synths, rumbling bass and overall fun, tongue-in-cheek feeling is superb. No wonder many turned to Zapp and Roger for their loops, beats and inspiration in the days of G-Funk and 90s rap. 27 years on, incredibly, this still packs a punch and more than sounds good today. Following this is a beautifully summery piece akin to Bobby Glover's "It's My Turn"...if you love that song then "I Can't Tell You" will be exactly what the Doctor ordered. The scratchy guitar and dreamy keys are perfect compliment to Roger's expert and unique vocal arrangements. These two songs alone render this release as essential. For me there is little else that ranks as high, and 1984's "Gonna Have Big Fun" only comes close with the sensitive and chilled "Love To Spend The Night" - a track that contains some lovely synths and harmonies but it is also nice to hear the original version of "No One Ever Will" which is warmer that the later version on Lynch's 1989 CD for Capitol. This, too makes a purchase necessary. i am so happy that albums like this are finding a new home - legitimately - on CD and I am so, so happy too that the Sugarfoot is seeing an immanent release in Japan...see? Prayer does work!
The Vibe Scribe