London-based musician Al Dobson Jr. is among one of the greatest producers of our generation. I say this because his compositions are raw with hypnotic grooves and bass-heavy beats that bring such energy to his music that it’s impossible not to bob your head to, enjoy and repeat.
His newest project, Sounds From The Village Vol. 2 is meant to be a deep dive into Al Dobson Jr.’s crates, with older selections spanning between 2006-2016, compiled by Kutmah. They bring a raw, thumping energy, with Madlib-like sampling and Dilla-like drum programming giving us sublime results. The textures throughout this project are gorgeous. With influences from Indian, Middle Eastern and West African music, he is able to create a collage of sounds that capture an hypnotic, beautiful aura throughout. The beat-heavy tracks are full of soulful cuts like “Bright Moments” and “Who U Think U Are, Pt.2,” as well as more raw, tribal moments such as on “Smoke Break – Interlude” and “One Mile.”
This is exactly the type of music I needed right now and I can’t express my gratitude for Al Dobson Jr. for creating music that will stand the test of time. You can listen to Al Dobson Jr.’s Sounds From The Village Vol. 2 via Bandcamp below. Released via Izwid Records.