Kyle Hollingsworth: Speed Of Life
The String Cheese Incidentâ€™s Kyle Hollingsworth is in top form on his third solo effort, Speed Of Life. The new album finds the keyboardist teaming up with some of his SCI bandmates, members of The Motet and various other special guests to create one of the most enjoyable funk records of the year. Hollingsworth and company are throwing a party in your ear from the opening notes of â€śRacer Xâ€ť to the instrumental dance grooves of â€śPeregrinoâ€ť and everything in between. While many of the tracks (â€śYouâ€™ve Got the World,â€ť â€śHere We Goâ€ť) are reminiscent of the keyboardistâ€™s more recent SCI tunes, plenty of them veer in a different directionâ€”whether it is synth-layered electro-pop (â€śHappening Nowâ€ť) or LCD Soundsystem-style song intros (â€śBeautiful Peopleâ€ť). Calling this a funk record is even something of an oversimplificationâ€”more than anything, Speed Of Life is just plain fun.