A unique fusion of old Philly soul and 21st century hip-hop, the new collaborative LP Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics pairs the singer of the Philadelphia International Records legends (who has sung hooks for Ghostface Killah and had his music reworked by The Fugees, among others) with producer Younge and his band. The album premiered today on NPR Music’s first listen series, and NPR’s Frannie Kelly praised the “cross-generational link” crafted by the record:
Younge and Hart are holding fast to the qualities of The Delfonics’ music from 40 years ago — Hart’s piercing falsetto, the surf-guitar licks, the heavy pauses. But Younge in particular has also taken note of the power found in those sounds when rap producers stripped the flourishes away and roughed them up. Gone are the big orchestral openings. These are tight little songs with a fat bottom end, a bass line that can’t be ignored and enough skank to make felt the strains of reggae that bubble up in hip-hop.
Listen to Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics here, and watch the band perform its signature tune “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” below.