It’s no secret that music is linked to social change and causes. From the Civil Rights Movement to “We Are the World” and everything that Bono thinks he’s doing right, artists are inspired by the environment around them. The True Groove All-Stars are no different; their latest collection of remixed tracks with a twist was provoked by the situation in Ferguson, MO, after teenager was killed by police officer Darren Wilson.

Though upon first glance the 13 tracks don’t overtly scream of human rights, all of them are a testament to the healing power of music. Yes, even the lead single, a new spin on Ian Dury’s “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” (featuring Marla Mase and James Chase). Most impressive is the span of material included here: from a psychedelically grooving “Spirit In the Sky” to the most mellow “Wichita Lineman” you’ll ever hear, and an almost-unrecognizable “It’s Not Unusal.” Perhaps the most obviously outspoken track is a bouncing, infectious cover of “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” which is a more-than-fitting inclusion based on the album’s inspiration.

Perhaps the best thing about Fully Re-Covered is its versatility, not only regarding material, but also talent. With over ten artists lending their voices and fresh perspectives, each track is given a careful update and fresh feel. This is truly an album to throw in your car or onto your workout playlist; it’s high-energy music with a message.

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Allison Johnelle Boron

Allison lives in Los Angeles where she is a freelance music journalist, jug band enthusiast, and industry observer. She is also the editor of REBEAT magazine. Find her on Twitter.

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