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Their jazz-tastic grooves have gained them a fanatical fanbase.

Although they’ve never been the kind of band to inspire mass adoration, [a]Red Snapper[/a]’s uniquely – ahem – jazz-tastic grooves have gained them a fanatical fanbase. For this clued-up minority, the [a]Snapper[/a] live show is a rare treat – and tonight you can see why.

While their forthcoming album ‘Our Aim Is To Satisfy Red Snapper’ sees them finally successfully introducing vocals into their oeuvre, the live show has thankfully lost the coffee table sheen of the ‘Making Bones’ tour. Karime Kendra sounds more like the Aretha Franklin disco diva we always knew she was on the righteous ‘The Quick And The Dead’, while MC Det‘s now almost other-worldy rasta-rap makes an accelerated run-through ‘The Rake’ positively spark with life.

What has always made this band unique is the way they trawl through the disparate roots of electronic dance music with sounding either hopelessly dated or tiresomely reverential. When the irresistible double-bassline of ‘Hot Flush’ appears, you flutter with delight to realise that, yes, it is possible to get kinda jazzy in a kinda acid house way without [I]ever[/I] coming close to acid jazz.

And this is the lasting impression. While [a]Red Snapper[/a]’s music is embedded with a reassuringly organic groove, the limits are boundless. One minute they can go all prog rock on us, stretching out sounds forever, the next they can belt out a hip-swaying, P-funk style floorfiller that makes the double-bass seem quite the most excellent instrument in the entire world.

Tonight, their aim was to satisfy. As always, they did a whole lot more than that.