Ginger Beef – “Hocus Pocus”


Canadian instrumental duo Ginger Beef showcase their dazzling, infectious rock appeal with the track “Hocus Pocus,” a cover of the 1971 track from Dutch rockers Focus. Featuring both western and Chinese flutes alongside fervent guitar progressions and steady rhythmic propulsions, “Hocus Pocus” is a testament to the band’s eclectic flair and strong musicianship. In particular, flutist Jiajia Li mesmerizes with a range of dexterous, impassioned flute sequences. The project’s heady rock and jazz infusions make for a rousing production here.

Li and MSG (aka Warren Tse) comprise the talented duo, which debuted in 2021 with the track “Flashback.” “Hocus Pocus” represents their first single, and was chosen as such due to its “catchy and slightly unhinged,” sound, per MSG. The creative, charismatic fury is apparent throughout the track’s vibrant production, and has us excited for whatever’s next from Ginger Beef. Also be sure to check out the track’s fun music video above, directed by Gbohunmi.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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