Monday, March 29, 2010

DJ Center

“Everything in Time” is a global soul record bringing back a low-end theory and warmth that’s been absent in music as of late. It’s a record for a generation raised on a foundation of Hip Hop and Jazz, but having grown up with a global scope and broader musical palate. It’s Roots music without being Reggae, and Soul music without being a throw back to the past.

As the songs unfold on “Everything in Time” you’re enveloped in lush piano chords, warm bass lines, boom-bap drum patterns, flying tambourines, and soaring horns. The album includes a smoky cover of Rufus and Chaka Khan's anthem, “You Got the Love“ and culminates with the thumping Brazilian tribute titled, “Center's Groove”. The guests Center chose for his album are the perfect marriage to every song. The record features everyone from favorites like Oddisee and Zaki Ibrahim, to the up and coming Gretchen Parlato (who’s worked with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Esperanza Spalding) and Samia Farah (who’s dub reggae and jazz vocal styles give her an unparalleled uniqueness). The icing on the cake is the remix of “Tout Passe” contributed by the incredibly talented Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers.

The underlying essence of this record is timeless music. Each track is so unique from the next, yet housed under the same soulful roof. Listen unhurriedly, as all great things happen in time.

The Making of "Everything in Time" from DJ Center on Vimeo.

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