Legendary Detroit musician Waajeed is back with a brand new LP titled From the Dirt. The incredibly talented producer, who was close to J Dilla back in the day, releasing music for Slum Village, creates an infectious and incredibly poignant new album that really exceeds all expectations.
The grooves on this project are so dynamic and fun that it’s impossible not to want to move along to the records. The opener “From The Dirt” brings that energy tenfold, with thick, wonky synths that give the track such a g-funk sound to it, with incredible drums that are perfect for the dance floor. Detroit house has never sounded better this year. Tracks such as “After You Left” and “Power In Numbers” have pummelling beats that have grit and menacing energy to them, especially on the latter track with its raw and powerful bassline that sounds like a sports car engine starting and restarting, looped into a crazy hard-hitting beat that just takes over the entire track with its energy. The features on this record provide soul, such as CJay Hill on “Make It Happen,” with incredible vocals that add depth to the track, or Ideeyah on “I Ain’t Safe” and “Strength,” with hypnotic vocals that are backed by dynamic, heavy beats that bring so much rhythm and soul to the track.
As usual, there’s so much I could say about this record, but it really is a spectacular testament to Waajeed’s talents as a musician and a composer. The legend has been in the game for decades, and still continues to produce immensely captivating music that are so relevant to our time as well. Nothing but love and respect to you.
You can listen to Waajeed’s From the Dirt below via Bandcamp, and make sure you support! Released via Dirt Tech Reck.