The last time we heard from Asheville group Free the Optimus, it was the live album LIVE in the High Country which came out last October. Before that, we got a solo album from member C.Shreve The Professor, the excellent Twenty Sixteens, in May of 2016. Now Shreve is back with a new EP, Mommy Love To Dance.
This is a pretty straightforward EP. As C.Shreve explains, he’s been rocking shows for a while now, and he knows one of the keys to making it a fun experience is to get that first group of people up to the front of the stage and dancing. So with that in mind, he put together this collection songs designed to get people moving. One of the nice things about this EP is that even with this simple explanation, C.Shreve knows there are numerous ways to get people moving. Working with production from the likes of Flu, ILe Flottante, FLLS, Tracy Lamont, and Nakata Slice, we get a few different looks. It could be a slow, sexy jam like the title track, it could be the house-disco of “Make a Movement,” or it could be the trap of “NC in the House.” There’s not one way to dance, so C.Shreve makes sure he’s got you covered. Now, at first listen, you might think that this EP is all that heavy lyrically, but Shreve is pretty sneaky this way. Yes, this is an EP that is designed to be fun and for people to get down, but he does a really good job of placing little nuggets of wisdom here and there, just a little food for thought as you’re dancing.
When you release an EP called Mommy Love To Dance, you better bring some tunes that’ll get people’s feet moving, and C.Shreve the Professor does just that. There’s some good variety, some great showmanship, and he even manages to work in some moments of deep though as well.