Album Review: Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics: 1

Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics

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The electro-funk hip-hop fusion sound is back and it’s sounding pretty fantastic. For those who don’t know, Michal Menert is a great multi-instrumentalist, producer, and collaborator whose work has had some major influence in the EDM world. In the past decade he co-produced the debut Pretty Lights album and was the first artist to join the PLM label releasing two LPs and is now touring all over the place with a new musical cohort under his own label Super Best Records.

The Pretty Fantastics are his new backing band, and if you’ve ever been to Free Funk Friday you have probably seen some of these guys play here at the Wild Buffalo. Which is EXCELLENT, because the new record, 1, sounds bomb with Willdabeast and some others local players in the studio cutting these tracks, making us proud here in Bellingham and spreading the music to the world.

The first track is pretty hyped but the rest of the album is very laid-back and chill. After listening to the album a couple of times the sound evolved and the intricacies of the music started coming to the top. If you’ve never listened to electro-funk or this style of music then I’d say it’s a very nice introduction into a genre that is dynamic, unique, and invigorating. Lots of places to go within the music and Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics explore it all.

The track “High Noon” is ambient and cool; the vibes coming off of it build and reverberates nicely into a solid piece. “The Reason” is another sweet track, it’s more dainty and bouncy than the rest of the tracks and it’s even got some flute in there, which works really nice with the horn section. “Shanghai” is more EDM influenced and has a got a good dance groove to it, the synths lead in this one and it’s definitely a fun one. “Running Through Airports” has got sprinkles all over it and if you let it crawl into your headspace you might think you’re trippin’, very cool track.

The top cut, “If You Knew,” is the most complete and stacked out song, and really stands out from the rest. The build-up is great as the guitar and horns come in and the beat grows stronger. The sound in this one is on-point and it’s the hardest hitting track on the album.  Plus, that absolute shredding on the guitar at the end of the song delivers all that energy that flows so smoothly into the next track “Lullaby” for a righteous finish.

Michal Menert and the Pretty Fantastics killed it with 1; the sound is flawlessly produced and isn’t holding anything back. Give it a listen and let yourself get lost in the music – it could leave ya feelin’ fresh.

–Mark Broyles