"…call it psychedelic punk-funk. It’s highly danceable with unrelenting grooves at every juncture… Seldom will you hear a funkier, hip-shaking sound."
- Glide Magazine
“Jamil Rashad's fourth corrals left-field all-stars (from Black Pumas, Twin Peaks, and Durand Jones' Indications) to slay demons over modern country-funk jams packed with slick guitar licks, springy basslines, and endless hooks."
- Mojo (4 out of 5 stars)
"...this mighty set is awash in satisfying old-school elements, yet never feels nostalgic, mixing pleasurable sounds with a bracing dose of modern-day angst for a riveting listen"
- No Depression
“There seems to be little that Jamil Rashad — a.k.a. Boulevards — can't do expertly...this one could be the product of a Marvin Gaye/Prince collaboration (if only); the production is pure, warm 70s fuzz, matching precisely what the album's title evokes, and the instrumentation is impeccable.”
- Flood Magazine
Jamil Rashad’s latest album as Boulevards, “Electric Cowboy: Born in Carolina Mud”, jubilantly mixes soul, country, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, and every other style of music played in the Tarheel State, but the dominant sound is pure funk. The music is crammed with inventive, inverting grooves that are gritty, warm, and weird. Produced by Rashad with Blake Rhein (Durand Jones & the Indications) and featuring members of Black Pumas and Twin Peaks, the album unfolds kaleidoscopically, giving him the space to confront his own demons while showcasing the energy and charisma that have made him a mainstay in the North Carolina music scene. Songs like “How Do Ya” and “Better Off Dead” (featuring Nikki Lane) grapple with addiction, self-sabotage, and systemic racism, but Electric Cowboy mixes the confessional with the communal, as Rashad balances those tribulations with wild, electric rhythms. “You got some heavy, dark shit,” he declares, “but you also got some joyful compositions, funky basslines, dope harmonies, infectious hooks. That’s what funk is!”