It's evident from the start on Euforquestra's fourteen-track LP, Fire, that the cats in this sextet are serious about the funk. The Fort Collins-by-way-of-Iowa City act kicks into gear on the up-tempo, groove-heavy opening cut, "The Price Is Right," and follows up with the sticky funk of the title track. The instrumental "Instant Coffee" features String Cheese Incident keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth, who also produced the disc. And after four songs, the outfit segues into a minute-long reggae interlude, "Moment #1," before delving full-on into reggae on "Solutions," with John Brown's Body frontman Elliot Martin handling the vocals. Elsewhere on Fire, Euforquestra flavors "Momo Lolo" with a New Orleans second-line vibe while injecting a War-like feel into "64-18." No doubt about it: These guys are masters of the groove.

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