Alex Puddu – yes the man behind ”The Golden Age Of Danish Pornography” releases – released his new album ”Soultiger” this March.
To those of you who are unaware of Alex Puddu he is a multi-instrumentalist revolving around percussive jazz, psych-groove and other ‘70’s soundtrack genres. He was born in Rome but has been living in Denmark for 28 years. On his new album, which is more of a funk/neo-soul record he has hooked up with the legendary American latin-soul musician and singer Joe Bataan.
And this album does indeed sound like a modern version of Spanish Harlem music scene in the late 60’s and 70’s. It’s very latin-soul and boogaloo – genres that are still relevant today, just look at Joe Bataan’s 2004 masterpiece “Call My Name”. This has always been Alex Puddu’s great strength – taking something from a certain time-period and perfecting it, whatever the genre. And Joe Bataan is a perfect piece in that puzzle. But the main feature here is Alex Puddu and his team – particularly the drummer Luciano Cantone. All the musicians are great in this album but the drums are just brilliant in every single way.
Without ever having been to New York,“Soultiger” seems to be New York. It fits the mold for a lot of the music that have inspired my favorite genres while still also somehow paying a small tribute to them. It is such a complete album. It’s the setting for a Blaxploitation movie, it’s the setting for a Bronx documentary and it’s the setting for a Kool Herc party all at the same time. If “Soultiger” was 40 years old most producers would be standing in line trying to sample it. Some still will.
While Alex Puddu brings a lot of him self into the mix it is the feeling of a warm summer day in N.Y. that stands out. Some elements however could as easily have been recorded in Italy in their great percussive jazz period. The mixing and mastering is also on point, it have a great analog feel to it and great dynamics. Right now I am just waiting for it to be available on vinyl – until then I recommend everyone download or stream this album and get some summer heat when the weather won’t provide it.
Clearly a candidate for best album of the last couple of years in the related genres – along with D’Angelo and Frank Ocean. For only the second time as a writer I am giving a perfect score. I have nothing negative to say about this at all except for the fact that I am not listening to it on vinyl right now!
"Clearly a candidate for best album of the last couple of years in the related genres - along with D’Angelo and Frank Ocean. For only the second time as a writer I am giving a perfect score. I have nothing negative to say about this at all except for the fact that I am not listening to it on vinyl right now!" (6/6)