Listen: Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Strange Man & Long Progression

Funktacular bass, sickly-sweet vocals and inexplicable references to California – it can only be the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, returning with two new A/B sides from last year’s I’m With You. The tracks, ’Strange Man’ and ‘Long Progression’, are available on YouTube at the bottom of this page, playing in incredibly hypnotic vinyl videos.

The two songs are the first of a series of 18 new singles that the band reckon were just too damn good not to be released in one form or another – presumably a lot was left over from experimenting with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The tracks also come amongst news that the band are currently unable to play, due to singer Anthony Kiedis suffering a serious moustache foot injury.

In terms of sound, the band do a relatively good job of combining the more current, melodic sounds of Stadium Arcadium with earlier 90s work. ’Long Progression’ combines rapping verses with the strangely minor wails that make its chorus, whereas ‘Strange Man’, with its warbling funk-guitar and “tha’s right” vocals, rings true of 1991′s Blood Sugar Sex Magic.

It certainly will be interesting to see where the band go from here. They’re not taking the Metallica route and releasing sub-par albums of excess material, but 18 news singles sure are going to clog up the record collections of hardcore fans out there.


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