Ever since the release of his debut album, Something about April, at the end of 2011, Adrian Younge has been recognized as something of a modern American black music genius. His work has been compared to Ennio Morricone’s, and has made an impressive impact, with DJ Premier, Jay Z and even Common sampling his work. If you think this is just hyperbole, check out his Boiler Room session, a refreshing 30 minute mix of original tracks, choruses and samples from some of the biggest names in hip hop of recent years.
Having dropped ‘Twelve Reasons to Die II’ with Ghostface Killah this summer, the composer-arranger-producer is back with a new album and you can guess what it’s called…Something About April II! It’s definitely feels like a sequel with a certain familiarity of sounds and style for the listener to hang on to. There is a new element though, heard in Younge’s rare and vintage instruments, which expand on some of the sonic glimpses we had in the first album, be it an ode to American Dark Soul or the 60s cinema scene.
So how did he do it? Well, once again he has recruited some of the most interesting singers around, with Laetita Sadler (Stereolab), Bilal, Raphael Saadiq, Karolina, and Loren Oden (a longtime collaborator with the producer) whose voice evokes the sweetness of Donnie Hathaway. And it is Loren’s voice that we have been lucky enough to hear on “Sittin’ By The Radio”, a fusion of “black jazz” and soul with an experimental and modern twist, it is currently the only track available off the album.
Pretty mouthwatering stuff. And it’s only a fraction of the sounds that are waiting for you in the rest of the project. For those producers and collectors wanting to rediscover the past to find the future, this album is certainly some sort of Holy Grail. It will be released through Linear Labs and will be available digitally from 22 January.