No one can place the blame on these Seattle residents for half-hearted Grunge propagation: Maktub test new waters and blending styles. Deep, soulful R&B-styled vocals from session vet Reggie Watts lead an exceptionally tight rhythm section that's often compared favorably to the tightest-of-the-tightest, the Roots. The multifaceted group covers a lot of ground, letting their love for '70s Soul blossom with all the necessary organic groove (though they overdo the Quiet Storm at times). The band is also influenced by modern Trip Hop and hip hop artists, mixing electronic loops and steely rhythms that get crazy when remixed Drum 'n' Bass style. The band is at its best live, held down by Dub-influenced bass and watery vintage keyboards overflowing with '70s melodies and atmospheric effects, like a Herbie Hancock dream of his past chart success.