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Satellite Party, ‘Ultra Payloaded’ (Columbia)

Satellite Party is built around the unlikely pairing of ex-Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell with former Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. Yet that meeting of the minds is actually the least nutty thing about this debut, a trippy funk-rock throwdown with guest spots from Fergie, New Order’s Peter Hook, and the late Jim Morrison (via a rediscovered recording), plus an overarching concept having something to do with an imaginary environmentalist group called the Solutionists. As one song happily advertises, flower-child “insanity rains.” Still, Bettencourt’s howling power-glam riffs pair well enough with Farrell’s alley-cat wail.

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