Mark Sultan, better known as BBQ of one-man band and King Khan & BBQ Show fame, has been pounding out his own stew of R&B, rockabilly, garage, doo wop, psychedelia, punk and whatnot since he was a mere child fronting Montreal’s Spaceshits. Releasing a slew of albums and touring relentlessly, Sultan has established quite a reputation as a songsmith and vocalist of the highest caliber.On Sultanic Verses, he ups the ante and fleshes out his normally stripped down approach … just a bit. While still retaining the rawness of his previous endeavors, Sultanic Verses features accompaniment from backing musicians and (gasp!) the odd overdub here and there. Sultanic Verses mines the same territory of vintage era rock styles of his previous recordings, yet he stretches the boundaries to areas his musical endeavors have never gone. The ghosts of the Velvet Underground as well as Sam Cooke cannot be ignored here. Like all of the records with which Sultan has been involved, Sultanic Verses sounds out of time and timeless.