The Rooks Show Some Cold Chilling 'California Love'
It can be a daunting prospect to cover a song of iconic proportions. How to respect the essence of the original, while adding a distinctive mark of your own? When you are as talented as long-time Next2Shine favorite The Rooks, such a challenge holds no fear. Invited by PRMD Music to contribute to the first compilation offering of the independent label's Cold Chilling Collective project, 'Cold Chilling - Compton' (a re-imagining of the golden age of West Coast Hip-Hop, which also includes their version of 'Gin And Juice') the New York-based indie-soul sextet set to work animating the 2Pac and Dr Dre classic, 'California Love', with their trademark élan.
Investing the G-Funk banger with an irresistibly hypnotic aura that radiates the smoothly sophisticated vibe of their infectious blend of hip-hop, r&b and soul, The Rooks infuse the West Coast mega-hit with a dose of their own swaggering brand of 'R-Funk'. Led by the dreamily soothing tone and honey-textured soul of Garth Taylor's velvet vocal delivery, the band leaven the molasses-thick low-end and viscous squelch of their take on the iconic groove with such lush neo-soul accents and punchy brass that there is little doubt that they will have every head from 'Oakland to Sac-Town, the Bay Area and back down' nodding along.