DOTW: Moodymann, Picture This

Until very recently, Moodymann was nothing if not elusive. But since around the time of his Red Bull Music Academy lecture, he’s appeared to take a more public approach in promoting his music. Picture This, released in tandem with Scion’s A/V wing, continues this trend. Moreover, it shows the Detroit mainstay in a relatively hard-edged mode. He doesn’t eschew his lush, sample-laden signatures, but there’s clearly a raw, instrument-driven side at play as well. “9 Nites 2 Nowhere” and “Basement Party” are the kind of rough, smacking tracks that Moody explored on records like Dem Young Sconies, and it’s refreshing to hear him working in that realm again. At the same time, there’s plenty of “classic” Moodymann to be found here: “U Ranaway” finds him revisiting the drowsy grooves of “Runaway” and his last couple of EPs, while “Pray 4 Love” combines gospel-influenced yearning with grittier, more streetwise undercurrents. At any rate, eight tracks from a talent as enigmatic as Kenny Dixon Jr. is something of an event, and ought to tide you over until his next LP, which is apparently due out soon. We’d like to extend our thanks to Scion A/V and Moodymann for making this EP available for free.

Philippe  on April 13, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Awesome – thanks a lot for this!

Bootsy Colin  on April 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I suppose I don’t mind letting them advertise in my inbox.

But i feel sad that’s all the music I like is worth.

Henderick Mitchell  on April 18, 2012 at 11:25 PM

OK I was shocked when Omar-S did a Scion EP, but my jaw is dropping on the ground about this!!

chris  on April 22, 2012 at 4:54 AM

Thank you very much for this. Greatness :)


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[…] (Daphni Mix 1) [Jiaolong] (buy) 07. Recloose, “Magic” [Rush Hour Recordings] (buy) 08. Moodymann, “U Ranaway” [Scion A/V] (download) 09. Frak, “666″ [Kontra-Musik] (buy) 10. Anthony Naples, […]

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