On “King Kong,” Jax Duo Jawberry Unleashes a Monster Mashup of Indie, Grunge and Hip Hop

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The latest from Jawberry, the collab project from local indies Huan (aka Juan Mallorca) and Rockbot Studios owner Josh Cobb, “King Kong” mashes up prominent ‘90s guitar-slack-and-hip-hop styles into three-minutes of casually retro-vibed, upbeat rock, with a riff that is maybe one chord from a “Smells Like Teen Spirit” lawsuit. A minor sin, considering the legion of songwriters that have made careers off a Beatles chord progression.

Thankfully, Huan and Cobb replace that chord with Pavement-style “woo hoo hoo” backing vocals and rap braggadocio that plays out more like beachside sunshine than Seattle grunge-rain. If you really like ‘90s rock, or were just a mad gleam in a future rap-metal bassist’s eye when that storied decade was in full effect, Jawberry have enough charm to offer a good primer for now-and-then listening pleasures.

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