Review: As with pretty much all Kenny Dixon Jnr releases, Moodymann - his eleventh full-length - has caused something of a stir, with vinyl copies selling out in the blink of an eye. Now on CD, the album remains one of his best - a kaleidoscopic, fast-paced sprint through soul-soaked deep house, baked drum machine jams, jazz-flecked interludes and low-slung grooves. Dixon's distinctive drawl is more prominent than on some previous excursions - no bad thing - while fans will notice a slew of alternative versions of KDJ classics - "Freeki M*thaf*cka" being perhaps the best known. Best of all, though, are the more downbeat moments - see "Heaven" and "Stupid Cosmic" - which allow Dixon to indulge his atmospheric tendencies. In a word: essential.
California (recorded live in Detroit Friday May 25 2007)
Freeki Mutha F cker (Juan Atkins' Model 500 mix)
Freeki Mutha F cker (Egyptian Lover's mix)
Review: For those of a certain age, there's no more exciting a combination of remixers than Juan Atkins and Egyptian Lover. Thus the prospect of them both taking on Moodymann's classic spoken word sex house anthem "Freeki Mutha F cker" is almost too much to handle! It's the former who steals the show here, revisiting his Cybotron days on a rework that offers the perfect fusion of organic deepness and cold, raw electro. There's something wonderful about the unlikely combination of Atkins' alien beats and bass - in particular the slowly pulsing sub - and the original's soft focus pianos, whispered vocals and drawn out strings. It's some futuristic business alright. Egyptian Lover takes a similar electro approach with solid results (think 808 cowbells and Tipper sub-bass wobbles), though it lacks the far sighted, back to the future appeal of Atkins' superb effort. In addition the A side holds a previously unreleased extended version of the original track and a short but sweet burst of some new KDJ material in the shape of "California" BIG TIP!
Review: Moodymann strikes again with another one-sided offering. Lilting piano chords evolve into house beats with a bluesy vocal line. The ''I'd Rather Be Lonely'' sample comes in and everything devolves into room ambiance. Then the track comes back. This is a corker of a release on KDJ.
Review: Any release from Kenny Dixon Junior is cause for celebration, and this is no different. "Sloppy Cosmic" sees him offering up an unofficial remake of Funkadelic's "Cosmic Slop", seemingly re-made using the original master tapes. The result is a typically deep, undulating and laidback excursion that makes great use of Bootsy's bass, George Clinton's vocals and Amp Fiddler's keys over 12 mesmerizing minutes. As we've come to expect, it oozes horizontal soul from every scratchy groove. Flip for the even more cosmic "Hangover", a surprisingly sparse chunk of deepness featuring the ethereal vocals of Charlotte OC and more obviously floor-friendly beats.