The type of futuristic R&B funk that only space aliens could bring to this planet.Weird World, 2016
7.6 / 10
After 2013’s Caramel I wasn’t particularly excited in anything new from Connan Mockasin. Caramel was the perfect example of dreck and why indie music is given a bad wrap for being too artsy. Just to clarify further, some music is artsy and some music is just bad. And sometimes it’s so bad that it should not be even referred to as music. The majority of Caramel should not be referred to as music, just self-indulgence of the worst kind. Okay, now that I’ve professed my utter dislike for Caramel, I should say that Mockasin’s project with fellow New Zealand musician Sam Dust (of La Priest) is really good. The songs on Soft Hair’s self-titled debut are fully-fleshed sonically, sounding like the type of futuristic R&B funk that only space aliens could bring to this planet. That said, Prince’s influence is all over this album. Mockasin and Dust are able to keep it sounding legit rather than becoming parody.