Hyp 173: Al Dobson Jr

Hyp 173: Al Dobson Jr

Following a few weeks of heads-down business in our mixtape series we bring you a ray of sunshine by the name of Al Dobson Jr. We were first introduced to his global sounds via the ‘Japan Project’ beat tape, released on One-Handed Music alongside fellow South Londoner Creole+ last year. However, it was a few months later with the debut 22a white label that ADJr really stopped us in our tracks. His 4 track contribution to the split 12″ literally oozes lo-fi Soul; his instrumental sketches effortlessly touch on Jazz, Broken Beat, Hip-Hop and African rhythms, with an undercurrent of warmth running throughout. It was well worth noting that he has a whole group of musical friends you should keep an eye on this year; people like Reginald Omas Mammode IV and Jeen Bassa (younger brothers of Mo Kolours), Henry Wu, Tenderlonious and Mo Kolours are a crew of djs, producers, musicians, vocalists and label heads that are destined for a higher place.

After catching Al Dobson Jr play a white-hot set at the comm•une club night at Dance Tunnel in London recently, and hearing the news of his album for Bradley Zero’s party-cum-label Rhythm Section (forthcoming this Summer), plus another record called ‘Sounds From The Village Vol 1’ for Kutmah’s IZWID imprint this May, it felt like a prime time to give the man a shout. His Hyp Mix is typically varied and consists of old and new music currently sitting in his record bag, new test presses and some of his people’s CDs…

Artwork: Elyn Kazarian 

Stream and download below

01. Billy Nichols – ‘Whip Your Body’
02. Mixed Bag – ‘New Moon’
03. The Barkays – ‘Angel Eyes’
04. Walter Lewis & The Blue Stars – ‘I Have Love At Home’
05. Starvue – ‘Body Fusion’
06. Wendell Harrison – ‘Reawakening’
07. Weldon Irvine – ‘Love Jones’
08. Blue Feather – ‘It’s Love’ (Al Dobson Jr Edit)
09. Eddie Harris – ‘Carnival’
10. Taj Mahal – ‘Curry’
11. Airto – ‘Tombo’
12. Linda Hill – ‘The Creators Musician’
13. Sabu Martinez – ‘Sol’
14. Harold Vick – ‘Prayer’
15. Dave Hamilton – ‘Late Freight’
16. Jeen Bassa – ‘Fania Club’ (22a)
17. Mo Kolours – ‘Shepherd’
18. Reginald Omas Mamode iv – ‘Interlude’
19. Reginald Omas Mamode iv – ‘Brixton’
20. Ruby Rushton – ‘Interlude’
21. Al Dobson Jr – ‘Outernational’

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