So, I was up on Adrian then I fell off (got distracted and forgot to check his album out). Then I wanted to shoot him while he was NYC performing at some event (forget what it was) but was denied when I reached out his label Linear Labs who put me in contact with their publicist Yash Zadeh at BIZ3 (I apparently wasn’t big enough lol, pricks get on my nerves, but that’s the business no hate).
Ironically, he was spinning at our Soul In The Horn party (hottest Friday night party in NYC) the following night and I was able to film him in my home. Gotta love serendipity…
My intentions are always good and I’m about the artist, but regardless, some people prefer fucking wit the big boy media music sites (even though I’ve written for them and stopped to be more independently free with my no filtered mouth, they are blood suckers and so not real lol, more on that lata).
Now today, I got an email from Linear Labs with links to the new video. I was hoping a promo was up in there, but nah. I was about to delete it when something said, just check it out. I mean I’m still in my writing mood, it may be dope.
Glad I did, the sound immediately was a banger. You could hear elements/sounds and rhythmic patterns that has a similar energy to his most successful sampled placement on Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby“. It gritty, funky soul that resonates with any hip hop head immediately.
Every time the tracks gets quiet and Loren Oden comes in, it’s like the heavenly moment where angels appear and light transcends from above, so dope. He does everything right as always, I haven’t heard everything yet but I also haven’t heard a track that I couldn’t fuck with. They are not necessarily club/party bangers unless they are music enthusiast and understand the non-traditional (by todays standards) sound flow. But it’s a must for those that love dope rhythms, live musicians, real musicianship and a beautifully constructed orchestration.
Loren’s voice is mad dope, I need to look more into this brother.
It was sampled from “Sirens” produced by Adrian Younge…
Peep “Sirens II” ft. Bilal and Adrian performing at Brownswood with one of my heroes Gilles Peterson (super respected music tastemaker and influencer). Ali Shaheed Muhammad is missing though he produced it with Adrian.
You can never go wrong with Bilal, his mental is super natural. That’s all I can say, one of the dopest musicians out there. Keep vibrating B.
With that, you can check the album out here which I’m doing, but I do want a physical copy for the collection of not just this, but all his albums. His multi-instrumental abilities and ear for the subtlties are quite beautiful and a rare skill. You also got to give him props on the videos and artwork direction. I’m not sure how much credit to give him or if it’s a separate that does it. Either way he approves everything, plus i’m sure he is mad hands with art direction, given Adrian’s meticulous nature with production/arrangement/musicians/composing.
Peep the full album…
He seems like he’s a chill dude and we both have an affinity for vintage and classy Polo/Ralph Lauren (BK Polohead here since 93). Another reason to support, real Lo Heads stick together, even though he’s not about that Lo-Life Loyalty, he’s about that Lo life.
Props to this dope brother again, you’ll catch a review soon… Maybe once I get the albums. Salute! – written by Gibril Kuyateh Instagram