Mo'Wax – 2001 – 35 minutes
Revered by the likes of DJ Shadow and Dr Dre, 64-year-old David Axelrod has provided the beats and breaks ammunition for a generation. Sampled on hundreds of records, namechecked on countless others, his recording career takes in five decades as composer, arranger, producer and cult legend turned icon.
Having called upon Axelrod to remix his UNKLE project a few years back, Mo'Wax supremo James Lavelle now has the pleasure of releasing a new album by the man himself – sort of. The majority of the tracks on offer here were recorded 32 years ago, but storage room dust has had no effect on these city symphonies.
With the low end of bass legend Carol Kaye and drums of Earl Palmer to the fore, it's a rhythm heavy run through that combines cop show swagger and dawny dreaminess and offsets rapper Rass Kass with 1970's soulster Lou Rawls.
And at a snug 35 minutes, it never feels as if Axelrod is making up for lost time, just relaying the past, mixing it over the present and offering a gateway to the future. A stellar case of an old dog teaching the young pups new tricks.
Tracklisting:The Little Children – Jimmy T – Crystal Ball – Fantasy For Ralph – The Dr & The Diamond – Big B Plus – For Land's Sake – The Shadow Knows – Loved Boy