Review: Lettuce – Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Adam Deitch: drums, percussion | Adam ‘Shmeeans’ Smirnoff: guitar
Erick ‘Jesus’ Coomes: bass | Ryan Zoidis: alto, baritone, tenor sax, Korg X-911
Eric ‘Benny’ Bloom: trumpet, horns | Nigel Hall: vocals, Hammond B-3, Rhodes, clavinet, keyboards

Thinking of the salad, lettuce is a wispy piece of air in desperate need of dressing or an assortment of ingredients to warrant being on your plate – so what on earth were the Boston Jazz Funk group thinking when they decided to name themselves Lettuce.

Their name may be a bit wet and wimpy but music-wise they are nothing of the sort, more a good dose of tonic for the soul with new single ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ which you may remember being a big hit for Tears For Fears back in the 80’s.

An ambient and groovy hip-hop flow acts as the backdrop to singer Nigel’s charismatic vocals. No matter how many times I listen to this fresh take on the classic – my ear hits on a new element within the track.

Fans of collaborations like Jose James & Flying Lotus or FKJ & Tom Misch will really appreciate the music of Lettuce.

Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, is taken from the forthcoming album Elevate by Lettuce out 14 June.

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