As with pretty much all Kenny Dixon Jnr releases, Moodymann - his eleventh full-length - has caused something of a stir, with vinyl copies selling out in the blink of an eye. Now on CD, the album remains one of his best - a kaleidoscopic, fast-paced sprint through soul-soaked deep house, baked drum machine jams, jazz-flecked interludes and low-slung grooves. Dixon's distinctive drawl is more prominent than on some previous excursions - no bad thing - while fans will notice a slew of alternative versions of KDJ classics - "Freeki M*thaf*cka" being perhaps the best known. Best of all, though, are the more downbeat moments - see "Heaven" and "Stupid Cosmic" - which allow Dixon to indulge his atmospheric tendencies. In a word: essential.
Jonna (City Fly / Shadeleaf Music), Scratchandsniff, Jimpster, Nik Weston Mukatsuku Records, KHALiB (THC, Easy Killer), Secret Reels, Vincent Inc, Alex Dallas, Nathaniel Jay, FranZ, Bantam Lions, Paul Thornton (Dig Deep / Reboot), DJ Bone, Marcel Vogel, Juno Recommends CD Albums, MR G, I Love Disco!, CheckTheGuns, Skyline Recordings Chart, Fabio Monesi (Wilson Records), Tommy Finger Jr., Get Down Edits, Schmutz, MIL (Music Is Love Records), Outboxx, Pete On The Corner, Black Loops
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