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In this saturated rap town, you can easily grow tired of the same ‘ol, same ‘ol: sixteen-bar rhyme patterns, haters, formulaic production, and so on. There’s tons of great music happening, of course, but it’s still pretty refreshing when something truly different comes along.

Sound of the City is certainly different. The ten-piece band is capable of playing most genres while remaining deeply rooted in soul. At Half Note Lounge in Bowie, the band plays old-school R&B for a mostly older crowd. As the occasional house band at Liv’s Up & Up Open Mic, the band plays hip-hop, often learning songs on the fly.

Released yesterday, the breezy “The Wait Is Ova” finds the band doing its best Sly & The Family Stone over a tribal blend of shakers, organ splashes, and trickling guitar strings. It’ll be on the band’s forthcoming album, scheduled for a March release. Listen and download below.