Low Rider’s sound avoids being pinned down to a single genre, as evidenced by their latest album Black Stones. Combine soul, funk and hip hop with pop anthems and pop ballads, then, pour in some wildly fun instrumentation and you’ve come close to a definition of sorts. Gravelly vocals in blasting lead track Days Of Boredom stand beside Scissor Sister-like falsettos on Little Darling. Striking a balance somewhere in between is the smooth standout, Golden Sun.
Black Stones feels a few songs too long but its amalgam of sounds will certainly have heads bopping. (KD)