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Providing fewer accessible, artfully composed compositions than last year’s Straight From the Basement, Northeast Groovers’ Jams is largely just that—laid-back, rudimentary go-go grooves augmented by rapping. Where Basement attempted to incorporate stylistic influences from across the R&B spectrum, Jam‘s modus operandi consists mainly of overlaying standard D.C. percussive funk syncopation with a singsongy roll call of street slang phrases and shout-outs to friends and fans. The Groovers have demonstrated more dexterity in the past, often varying go-go’s basic rhythmic framework. Here, the band’s adroit instrumental craftsmanship flourishes on tracks like “Go Hard” and “Tear the Roof Off ThisMutha,” but is hardly discernible elsewhere. Available at local record stores or from Liaison Records, (410) 880-6111.