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Cooly's Hot Box


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Depending on how you look at it, Cooly’s Hot Box is either one of the best kept secrets in modern soul/dance music, or is exhibit #1 about what is wrong with the modern pop and urban radio machine that has, thusfar, ignored Cooly’s. An extremely talented duo consisting of Christian Urich and Angela Johnson, Cooly’s has already demonstrated it is among the most creative and enjoyable modern dance groups and should by all rights be dominating the radio waves. However, they currently remain an act with a small cult following due, in large part, to narrow radio playlists dominated by faceless hip-hop acts.

Formed as a quartet at the State University of New York, Cooly’s has built up a regional following over the past half decade. In 2002 they released their debut, Take It, a wonderful piece of dance and rhythmic jazz that sounded like a modernized Heatwave with jazzier underpinnings. Ulrich set the tone for the disc, with cool arrangements and beats that gave dance club credibility, and Johnson’s bright vocals (think of a more soulful Jody Watley) made the well-written songs memorable front to back. Cuts like “Friend of Mine,” “What a Surprise,” the Soul 2 Soul-like “Simple,” and the smooth ballad “14 Hours” were top notch musically and vocally. The only weakness was that, while borrowing disco era grooves, Cooly’s Hot Box lyrically fell into some of the narcissism and oversimplified view of sex that in many ways defined that era. However, the overall feel of the disc was so strong that it overcame the lyrical weakness and became one of the better discs of 2002.


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  • TwoTerabyte

    Found out about them from DJMax, they're really something else

    16 Nov 2011 Reply
  • IoRDaN

    PLz, do a new work. :D

    26 Feb 2010 Reply
  • defk3000

    Would be nice if one of their top listeners did something about their bio! This is only my first time. Sounds like some '80's Patrice Rushen a little. Very nice song.

    7 Sep 2009 Reply
  • beachBumz

    john-christian urich is jenius....bbut dont forget to mention angela johnson ..she's also superb...

    31 Jan 2009 Reply
  • derryrendra

    John-Christian Ulrich is a Genius....

    27 Jan 2009 Reply

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