The Far East Movement drop 'Bump from the Trunk Vol. 1'
The Far East Movement know exactly who they are and what they do well. In a world where pop stars fancy themselves avant-garde geniuses and rappers attempt to make Rihanna songs, this is an extremely endearing quality.
The Far East Movement make pop music. Their core is hip-hop and they incorporate various strains of electronic music, but they make music for the masses and they do it well. There is no pretense, no posturing and no attempts to be deeper than it needs to be. Far East Movement make music to soundtrack parties, and they do it with German efficiency: Their songs have no frills, just propulsive bouncy beats that get girls on the dance floor. That was the name of their first big hit, and if you play it at party today, it will live up to its name every single time.
John Updike's first rule of reviewing books was "try to understand what the author wished to do, and do not blame him for not achieving what he did not attempt." If Far East make you dance, they are doing their job. And last year, other than Skrillex and LMFAO, no other local group made more people move. Their new mixtape is called "Bump from the Trunk Vol. 1." It features the Outkast song "I Like the Way You Move." It also has "Rumpshaker" and Da Brat's "Funkafied." Know your audience.
Mixed by DJ Virman, the tape reveals their old-school-dance and hip-hop roots. It's a mixtape in the classical sense, made up of a few of their tracks ("Girls on the Dance Floor," new single "Jello"), but it's mostly a party to go. A good one. After all, the weekend's here.
ZIP: Far East Movement-"Bump from the Trunk Vol. 1" (Left-Click)
-- Jeff Weiss