Over the last few years, Adrian Younge has spent a lot of his time working with Ali Shaheed Muhammad legends on the essential Jazz Is Dead series of collaborative albums. Here he finally steps out on his own once more - albeit with assistance from a range of musicians and vocalists - with a stunning set that he describes as "an unapologetic critique, detailing the susyem and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color". Musically, it doffs a cap to the emotive orchestration of Marvin Gaye's What's Going On, with nods to jazz-funk greats such as Bob James, spiritual jazz and the jazzy hip-hop grooves Younge has long been associated with, while the artist's own spoken word vocals are conscientious, hard-hitting and thought-provoking. In other words, it's an exceptional piece of work.
( 12" / )