Ali Shaheed Muhammad And Adrian Younge Presents The Midnight Hour


Format: CD


Release date: 13 Jul 2018
Format: CD
Grade: New / null (About gradings)
SKU: 100744
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Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and composer Adrian Younge have joined forces to create a 20 track gem of an album that includes contributions from Raphael Saadiq, Questlove, Bilal, Digable Planets’ Ladybug Mecca, among others. The concept for the album was to celebrate the heritage of black creativity in Harlem from its early days in the 1930s. The haunting, filmic opener ‘Black Beacon’ sounds like the theme to an unknown crime drama from the early 70s, the stifled atmosphere of ‘It’s You’ has a basement soul quality while the punchy, stop start groove of ‘Questions’ merges disparate styles well. Luther Vandross’ lilting ‘So Amazing’ is sampled and given fresh twist, the gorgeous, summery ‘Smiling For Me’ features the sweet, easy tones of Karolina while instrumental cuts like ‘Gate 54’, ‘Redneph In B-Minor’ and ‘Better Endeavor’ take their cue from the kind of film score sounds that Mayfield and Hayes excelled at. Eryn Allen Kane’s powerful tones grace the funkier ‘Love Is Free’ while Marsha Ambrosius guests on the superb beat heavy soul of ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting’. The set is closed out by the superb ghetto funk soundtrack style ‘Ravens’. Excellent, rewarding album a long time in the making.

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