Hit the Floor marks the group's debut of original material, 14 studio slices of what's made it a stellar live outfit.
The record does reflect the pitfalls expected of a former cover act, like the wedding-band vibe. But the production has enough integrity, and the rhythms enough groove, to grant certifiable credibility to the record. The flute lead on "Burgundy Blues" and Tackett's low-end vocals on "Stand Up" and "Recognize" (which has a bit of Neville Brothers spirit) guarantee an enjoyable experience. Guest appearances by fellow Californians Jurassic 5 add rap etiquette to the grime of funk. And grimy it does get. When they say hit the floor, they mean it.