Review: Soulful hip-hop beat-maker Waajeed's transformation into a Detroit deep house star continues apace, with the former Slum Village man's second EP for Dirt Tech Reck in as many months. He begins by doffing a cap to Theo and Moodymann on "Get Down", a shuffling, warm and dreamy workout full of rich disco bass, twinkling electric piano keys, gentle vocal samples and layered hand percussion. Confirmed summer jam "Through it All" is a breezy, string-laden bastion of piano-heavy positivity complete with bustling analogue bass and "Strings of Life" style solos, while B-side "Kingdom" sits somewhere between crunchy Chicago house, gospel and lilting Motor City deepness. Yes, please!
Review: Son of Detroit Waajeed is back with the three-track "Ten Toes Down" EP, the next chapter in a musical odyssey through struggle and self-awareness that finds the producer creating some of the strongest work of his career.
Joined by Wu-Tang songstress Blue Raspberry under alias Candi Lindsey on "Heavy" and the tribal soliloquy "Deeper Into Blue," this new project is a reflection of many changes since last year's "From the Dirt" full-length.
'Ten Toes Down' is the first in a string of releases in 2019.
Review: Rimarkable, The first signing to boss man Waajeed's DIRT TECH RECK label based in Detroit. Presents her stunning debut with the single, "I'm in Trouble", over eight minutes of planetary prayer from Purgatory. Produced, mixed and arranged by Waajeed, this elaborate dance floor offering is a marriage between deep Afro House and Detroit Techno, with potent and memorable vocals by Rimarkable.
As a seasoned DJ in New York for the last decade, Rimarkable is clear this track will be welcomed on dance floors worldwide. "This song was produced and performed from a DJs perspective," she says. "It will take the dancers to a place of possession, and allows space for the DJ to officiate and build a bridge to wherever they'd like to go next. It's definitely something to keep in your crate of arsenals."