The Delfonics – Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics (2012)

The Delfonics - Adrian Younge presents The Delfonics (2012)
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)
True Love (2:55)
Silently (2:38)
Enemies (1:58)
To Be Your One (3:03)
Stand Up (2:49)
Just Love (2:13)
So In Love With You (1:35)
I Can’t Cry No More (3:12)
Love’s Melody (2:38)
Party’s Over (3:06)
Life Never Ends (2:51)

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It’s almost 20 years since Rick Rubin successfully repositioned Johnny Cash from a fading star in a terminally uncool genre into the walking embodiment of cool with American Recordings. In the interim, the late-career Rubin-style makeover has become just as much of a cliche as the album of standards from the American songbook. A release about a new collaboration between the Delfonics’ William Hart, and Adrian Younge, a producer several decades his junior, said that the resulting album was going to be “what the kids call ‘hip-hop'”– which sounds a lot like an unappealing welcome to the rap game Rubin-Cash formula.

Fortunately, it turns out that Younge’s approach towards working with an older artist is less like Rubin’s and more like Quentin Tarantino’s: Instead of aiming for gravitas and youth culture appeal, he’s placed Hart in his own stylized and slightly warped vision of the past that’s both a tribute to the Delfonics’ heyday, a radical deconstruction of it, and something altogether original.

Younge and Hart’s album doesn’t actuallly sound much like a Delfonics record. In the group’s late 1960s and early 70s prime, they were at the vanguard of the Philly sound that replaced the hard-edged funk that girded the popular black music of the time with a slick breeziness that could occasionally border on easy listening. Delfonics records were gorgeously produced, with Hart and his rotating cast of support singers floating layers of vocal harmonies over lush beds of strings and horns.
by Miles Raymer

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