Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Dark Necessities’ First Listen

With Prince turned to purple rain, it’s of some concern that guitar funk now rests largely in the hands of Red Hot Chili Peppers, purveyors of the month-long festival jam and innumerable musical boasts about their, shall we say, groinal allure. But they’ve always emerged from hiding with at least one sucker punch single per album – ‘By The Way’, ‘Californication’, ‘The Zephyr Song’, ‘The Adventures Of Rain Dance…’, oh, hang on – and the first track to be released from their forthcoming eleventh album ‘The Getaway’, ‘Dark Necessities’, is fittingly intriguing.

Perhaps Flea’s head has been turned by his time in Atoms Of Peace with Thom Yorke, but we open in a swelling swarm of piano, bass and synth drone before Flea’s bassline, deep as the Mariana Trench, ushers in a jazzy funk-pop frivolity, all Chic handclaps and low-riding disco noir grooves building to a vaguely Beatle-ish middle-eight that suggests they set out to write their own ‘A Day In The Life’ but got distracted by shagging. It’s not something you’d happily have put in you, as such, but it’s certainly something you’d let fiddle around your frontage.