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London's Miraculous Mule have released one of the coolest albums of the year. It's the sound i've been waiting to hear for a long time.
Part AlabamA3, part Brit's covering remixes of R.L. Burnside (with a griming of Jon Spencer and/or Nick Cave) part Little Axe's dirty techno soul blues, a pinch of the salty sweat of Lomax's prison blues (and gospel) recordings, and slurried with heavy smarts, good taste, and respect for the music they're working with.
Miraculous Mule's sound is blues and gospel at its root, but the band plays their music as if it came out tomorrow. The production is headphone/stoner-worthy, with lots happening deep in the mix to keep your ears pricked, but its done without detracting from the groove.
I don't believe in best of's anything but if I did Deep Fried would rank high on that list. Kudos to Miraculous Mule for convening a truly brilliant and essential album.