From the album Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics photo: james nicholson.
Younge- who produced the album, co-wrote all of its 13 songs with Hart, and played a couple of dozen instruments on it- exchanges all that for a sonic aesthetic that has more in common with the more eccentric strain of soul and R&B records that are so beloved by hardcore crate diggers and producers like J Dilla. And anyone expecting a revival of the Delfonics sound we all know and love very well may walk away disappointed. Taken on its own terms, though, the record works. And if Adrian Younge's approach to the project becomes the new formula for older artists, then all the better.
Adrian Younge conceived "Turn Down the Sound," one of the highlights from Venice Dawn's Something About April, as an imagined RZA-produced '60s Delfonics cut. Shortly after the release of that cinematic, psychedelic soul masterpiece, a fan put Younge in touch with the Delfonics' William Hart. The meeting led to this, the best Delfonics album since 1970. It follows four decades of sporadic new recordings, scads of dodgy re-recordings, and multiple performing versions of the group
Listen online and stay in a good mood. Org Album: Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics (2013).
Platinum & Gold Collection: The Delfonics (Remastered). Love Songs: The Delfonics. The Delfonics (Remastered). The Best of the Delfonics. Best of Delfonics (Re-Recorded Version).
Adrian Younge Presents takes familiar genre signifiers and scrambles them within a less rigid context. The main issue with the album is that, while other projects have afforded Younge total freedom to pursue avenues of weirdness, here he’s still trading on the reputation of the Delfonics brand, which forces him to make certain concessions to normalcy. Tracks like Life Never Ends offer notable digressions on established soul patterns, but they’re still far more ordinary than the songs on Something About April; though Younge twists the format, he’s still somewhat beholden to standard structures, abandoning the abrupt tempo changes and freeform fugues of his previous album.
Artist: The Delfonics Album: Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics Genre: Contemporary R&B Label: Wax Poetics Records Released: 2012 Quality: FLAC (tracks+. cue) Tracklist: Stop And Look (And You Have Found Love) (2:47). Lost Without You (3:02). To Be Your One (3:03).
Adrian Younge (left) and William Hart. Courtesy of the artist. Adrian Younge (left) and William Hart. Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics comes out March 12. The sourness that was always in Hart's tone is crystallized now. The album is poignant and ambitious, and feels more than anything else like a gift from Younge to Hart.