Involving Italian psych pop eccentric Dumbo Gets Mad and a few collaborators, Lickbellies is essentially a loose collective of friends making music they love. The above video is a 23-minute medley of the music these guys have been producing together for a few years now, and it’s a treat that keeps on giving in the few short listens I’ve lent to it.
While nearly every moment seems to have been somewhat planned, how these tracks groove and transition into one another feels somewhat improvised. It’s one, long, colorful jam transitioning from dirty funk basslines to trippy sax solos against hip hop beats. It’s surprising how effortlessly these guys blend sounds that wouldn’t normally be paired, but Dumbo Gets Mad showcased elements of that from that start, so how could it not be expected?