All-female Beastie-affiliated crew Luscious Jackson were one of the more underrated bands of the ’90s. Their three albums, all worth owning, defined a very particular form of urbane, cosmopolitan cool, wrapping harmonies around each other with ease and stepping on genre lines without making a big deal about it. The band made sugary alt-pop and hard push-pull funk sound like they could coexist peacefully as parts of the same whole, and they made that feat look deceptively easy. After breaking up in 2000, they’re back together now, and their first post-breakup single “Are You Ready?” finds them stepping effortlessly back into their old sound. Stream the track and read an interview with the band over at Rolling Stone.
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