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It’s by design that alternative soul stirrers Baraka chose “Turn Up That Bass” to lead off the band’s five-track debut EP; the song’s title pretty much describes what the Potomac, Md.-based quintet does on every cut. Though Steve Taylor’s bass takes a lead role more often than not, Baraka’s jazzy arrangements leave plenty of room for others (particularly guitarist Eddie Leopold) to shine. Keyboardist Simon Bone says the new collection’s emphasis on the bottom-end is symptomatic of Baraka’s agenda. “Everything we do now is geared toward our live show,” he says, “We want to give people a groove they can get into.” Bone, Taylor, and lead singer Dorian Young were all original members of now-defunct funk fave Swivelhead, which broke up last year shortly after Leopold starting sitting in. “Playing with Eddie, we just decided to take things in a different direction,” says Bone. A full-length CD is due out on Flowering Funk Records in December. Baraka performs July 8 at Borders in White Flint and July 15 at the Grog & Tankard on Wisconsin Avenue. Baraka can be mail ordered ($10, includes postage) from Flowering Funk Records, 11914 Reynolds Ave., Potomac, MD 20854.