Adrian Younge – Adrian Younge Presents Voices Of Gemma (2018) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Adrian Younge – Adrian Younge Presents Voices Of Gemma (2018) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 52:23 minutes | 549 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Linear Labs

Adrian Younge’s Spiritual Jazz album “Adrian Younge Presents … Voices Of Gemma” is yet another achievement in his continued exploration of songwriting and composition. What makes this intriguing study even more special, is that it’s in collaboration with two amazing talents, vocalists Brooke deRosa and Rebecca Englehart AKA Voices Of Gemma.

Known for his cinematic scores (Marvel’s Luke Cage, Black Dynamite) and equally compelling production for the likes of Ghostface Killah, Jay-Z, PRhyme, Kendrick Lamar, Bilal and more, Adrian Younge Presents… Voices of Gemma, a psychedelic journey in spiritual jazz, funk and dark soul.

Written, orchestrated and produced by Adrian at his exclusively analog Linear Labs studio, the project features the angelic voices of Brooke DeRosa & Rebecca Engelhardt, an opera singer and a jazz vocalist. Voices of Gemma is the sound of Adrian Younge occupying his space with eloquence, envisioning a world where the heavy and the delicate can co-exist; a place where Rotary Connection synergizes with David Axelrod to create a new sound, a new movement for a new era. Voices of Gemma comes from Younge’s refusal to accept the premise. His stance is there in every artist’s job description – the determination to suction up sounds and flavors and phrases from all over the past and present and imagined and documented, and then splice and dissolve what he finds into more possibilities and new ways of seeing, something fresh. On this project his songs are precise, the set ups delivered with a satiny finish and, in the low end, just a hint of louche. His characters are lyrically poised, but when it comes to their emotional lives, as portrayed melodically, it’s one cliffhanger after another. Younge’s female leads take up residence in their upper register, a fairytale landscape pierced only once by a man’s voice. The dreamy, internal feeling singers Brooke de Rosa and Rebecca Engelhardt conjure up is tethered to the earth by music that’s filmic and deeply intelligent. Here there are Easter eggs left in accent notes and fills. Care has been given to every detail, and the old way of doing a thing (bring in an orchestra, record to tape) is the way its done; it’s like listening to a five-star hotel.

Voices of Gemma is luxurious, a style that we forgot could be present day, as accustomed as we are to sampled and thrice-removed versions of it. This is high-class signified, a world-class realization.

CD1 #01 – Stranger by the Sea
CD1 #02 – Silhouette Dreams
CD1 #03 – Heaven’s Found
CD1 #04 – Come Back
CD1 #05 – The Leaves
CD1 #06 – Dreams with You
CD1 #07 – Unfortunite Breaks
CD1 #08 – Starlights
CD1 #09 – Chasing Love
CD1 #10 – Make a Melody

CD2 #01 – Stranger by the Sea
CD2 #02 – Silhouette Dreams
CD2 #03 – Heaven’s Found
CD2 #04 – Come Back
CD2 #05 – The Leaves
CD2 #06 – Dreams with You
CD2 #07 – Unfortunate Breaks
CD2 #08 – Starlights
CD2 #09 – Chasing Love
CD2 #10 – Make a Melody



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