In between repeat listens of those new Camera Obscura, Yagya, Somfay, Dilla, and Jon Hopkins albums — a couple of which I’ll say have probably snagged a spot in the early ‘best of 2009′ draft picks — a backward-looking LP from soul singer Lee Fields has really impressed me for its tasteful arrangements and uncanny retro aesthetic. More details after the jump, and how about those PHILLIES, by the way?
The My World album from Lee Fields & The Expressions is mostly grounded in slow grooves, but his band really smokes. Fields got his start in the late 60s, and his new LP is a fascinating jolt — emotion-charged vintage soul with smart, polished production. Remix Magazine ran my piece on it this week for their online component. Check out the Truth & Soul podcast here for a Lee Fields megamix, watch a three year-old performance at Southpaw in Park Slope here, and have a look at this well-researched background post from DJ Prestige at Flea Market Funk.
Pendle Coven’s Self-Assessment didn’t overpower me at first, but it wasn’t long before I was treating myself regularly to what’s become a deep, somewhat glum after hours listen o’er here. I filed a review of it with PopMatters. If you’re remotely interested in the dub end of techno with dubstep experiments thrown in for good measure, don’t let this one pass you by. Even if you aren’t, Self-Assessment is worth at least a peek.