Hip hop/jazz collective Us3 returns with their eighth studio recording, Lie, Cheat & Steal next month. The first of the 13 tracks, “Ghost,” leans on the jazz side, telling a story of abuse and revenge. It’s the first of the messages relating to the theme of the title. Leader Geoff Wilkinson explains ”I’ve become increasingly disillusioned by the people we, as children, are traditionally brought up to look up to. Politicians, police, business leaders, sportsmen, religious leaders, etc. all seem to be up to their eyeballs in corrupt practices. The gap between the haves and the have-nots is widening at an increasing pace. Is this what a democracy should look like, where it’s ok to lie, cheat and steal your way to the top?” The music drives this in. Of note are MC’s Oveous Maximus and Akala and the horn section of saxman Ed Jones and trumpeter Bryan Corbet. A variety of keyboardists add to the mix as well as Chris Dodd on Double Bass and DJ First Rate on the turntable.
Lie, Cheat & Steal is available digitally worldwide on October 3. You can sample and pre-order it on Amazon right now.