Black Dynamite (Original Motion Picture Score)
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Multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge makes his debut on Wax Poetics Records with his original score to the Michael Jai White comedy ''Black Dynamite.'' Inspired by the great blaxploitation soundtracks of the 1970s, Younge commands the Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ, Hohner Clavinet, harpsichord, synthesizer, vibraphone, guitar, bass, flute, sax, cello, and drums, crafting with a singular vision. Whether it's the witty vocal of ''Jimmy's Apartment'' or the lowdown bass line of ''Rafelli Chase,'' the entire album is deeply authentic.
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But hey, I have a solution! Just as XL Recordings issued an all instrumental version of Rjd2's "The Third Hand," so too could Waxpoetics release an all instrumental mix of this soundtrack, at which point I'd give it 5 stars. There's nothing wrong with the music. I believe there may be one instrumental track (Rafelli Chase?)
But that is a good thing. It'd be easy on this project to fall into exaggerated wha whas, over the top strings, and a bunch of Issac Hayes cleche's. That would make as much sense as growing an afro now to show you're hipness. A listener would just return to the vintage real deal.
Young makes JUST the right move: write really good soul songs and produce them with organic production. Don't be alarmed: you will get all your flutes and wha whas and best of all, great soul vocals on these tracks. He is not IMITATING the 1970's, but understanding the essence of the sound and using this to create mood.
You won't quite get the long funk essays you would back in the days of Superfly And Shaft, but there are some extrmealey tasteful-if truncated by 1970's standards--funky workouts here.
Why parady when you can exude. Young exudes, and the results are goovey far out and right on.
If I had not known differently, I would have thought I found an old album belonging to my mother that I had never heard before. Mr. Younge is the best new 70s artist of the 21st century!