Mikael Wood
July 08, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Phenomenal Handclap Band

Current Status
In Season
Indie Rock

We gave it a B-

Phenomenal? Well, not quite. Led by one dude called Medicine Man and another known as Witch Doctor, this coed New York combo makes lovingly detailed replicas of the kind of sweeping disco-soul productions that once made people all over the world join hands and start a love train. The PHB’s sense of style is spot-on; check out the trippy? space-funk groove on ”Testimony,” which features guest guitar work from Jaleel Bunton of TV on the Radio. But the anemic tunecraft on The Phenomenal Handclap Band is unlikely to impress fans of the O’Jays or Curtis Mayfield. B?

Download This: Listen to the song Testimony at last.fm

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