Phunk Junkeez, with Saint Dawg and Property 6

The Phunk Junkeez' essence can be summed up with this line from early on in their newest album, Rock It Science: "Fight for the right / Free speech on the mike / Oh yeah motherfucker / That's the shit I like."

Yes, this is dumb shit. It's also fun shit, at times goofy and at times inspired in a toilet-humor way.

Arizona's Junkeez have been pulling this disposable-income smilefest stuff for years. The new record finds the band engaging in its by-now-patented brand of party flavor, which mixes a little reggae, a little adult pop and a little trip-hop with a whole lot of punk riffage and old-school monosyllabic rapping.

"Everyday," the album's first single, is especially impressive. "I'm just happy to be rapping and staying alive," raps front man Soulman over a sunny, island-beat hook and weirdly pretty harmonies. The band feeds off that brand of sentiment throughout, the energy of which threatens to leak from the stereo. The Junkeez like it loud and borderline insane. And Soulman is intent on letting you know he's a crazy motherfucker. "I'm feeling trapped in this mental monkey jar," he tells you on "People Following Me." We'll just say that's a good thing.

No, this band won't be winning Grammys anytime soon; nor will it be chillin' with any eggheaded graduate students. Credit the group for knowing that ain't the point. To quote Soulman, "Say oh my God, that's some funky shit / Spark up a joint and let's all get lit."

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Christopher O'Connor