From The Dirt
09 November 2018 / DIRT TECH RECK
- 01 From The Dirt
- 02 After You Left
- 03 Power in Numbers
- 04 I Ain't Safe ft. Ideeyah
- 05 My Fathers Rhythm ft DeSean Jones
- 06 I Just Wanna Tell
- 07 Things About You ft. Asante and Zo!
- 08 Make It Happen ft. CJay Hill
- 09 Too Afraid ft. Lulu
- 10 Strength (Original Radio) ft. Ideeyah
Following on from a string of acclaimed EPs on Planet E and his own label, DIRT TECH RECK boss Waajeed presents his first solo studio album, From The Dirt, due November 9th.
In order to understand Waajeed’s artistic profile, it helps to look at the musical history which informs it. As a child of Detroit who grew up just as encapsulated by hip-hop and soul as he was techno and electro, he is driven by a commitment to finding the sweet spot between these paradigms. In a city full of dualities, his productions are underpinned by an inherent awareness of both sides of the coin.
From co-founding seminal hip-hop act Slum Village alongside the late J Dilla and running two of his own labels - Bling47 and DIRT TECH RECK. - to producing leftfield soul as the frontman of Platinum Pied Pipers, performing at Panorama Bar in Berlin and releasing collaborative records with Theo Parrish on Sound Signature, his career as an artist has been varied to say the least.
This manifests itself gloriously on From The Dirt, in which funk, soul, house, and techno play equal parts across ten dancefloor constructions. Gritty basslines are offset with glistening melodies and heartfelt lyrics, whilst shuffling percussion drives steadily forward. Vocals play an important role throughout, taking the lead on tracks like ‘I Ain’t Safe ft. Ideeyah’, ‘Things About You ft. Asante & Zo!’, ‘Too Afraid ft. Lulu’ and the meditative power of recent single ‘Strength ft. Ideeyah’. Drum patterns vary between angular, funky and hypnotic soulful house - all with carefully mapped out cycles brandishing an inimitable rhythmic flair - whilst harmonies shift through jazzy chords and improvised progressions.
‘Growing up in the D, I spent Monday thru Thursday in the studio with Dilla and Slum Village. Friday and Saturday nights we partied all night to Theo Parrish and early Sunday morning I went to church with my pastor. This is what I sound like. This is the sound of Detroit. This is From the Dirt.’
News for From The Dirt
05 October 2018
AFROPUNK on Waajeed's new single 'Things About You feat. Asante & Zo!'
08 November 2018
Waajeed interview with Clubbing Spain
19 November 2018
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26 November 2018
TAZ Interview Waajeed
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10 December 2018
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10 December 2018
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Media for From The Dirt
27 September 2018
Waajeed announces first album in 11 years and shares the first single
01 October 2018
RA's best September music featuring Waajeed's Beats In Space mix
04 October 2018
Waajeed puts together a playlist for Crack
29 October 2018
Waajeed talks to Thris Tian on Worldwide FM
06 November 2018
Waajeed interview on Bandcamp's weekly radio show
15 November 2018
Waajeed on WDR Radio
05 December 2018
Pitchfork Review Waajeed's From the Dirt album
10 December 2018
Deena Abdelwahed, Vester Koza and Waajeed Selected in Fact Mag's December 2018 Playlist