Chicago could learn a lot from Detroit about how to make records.
Stop for a second and let me explain that. A Detroit record is an event, and that’s not because of hype or promotion or whatever. Being “Made In Detroit” is worth its weight in gold. It’s a stamp of authenticity that doesn’t wear out. They live up to it too: records by Theo Parrish, Moodymann, Mike Grant, Norm Talley, Rick Wilhite, Omar-S: Detroit records are often family affairs, collaborations, or have featured performances or cameos by other Detroit notables. Iron sharpens iron — the tracks are never worse for the spare set of hands, unless you think having a multi-talented genius like Amp Fiddler dropping a Rhodes solo in the middle of your track could possibly “ruin” it.
That happens on “Expression,” the A2 track from Kyle Hall’s new EP with the irresistible name of MPC Dreams on Forget The Clock. Featuring and co-written by Amp Fiddler, “Expression” rolls into the B-side with head-nodding keys and heartful drums that make this a low-slung classic. This is really just a taster: I’m vibing with all four tracks, including the deep and expansive “Attack!” and afterhours jazz wind-down of “Modified.”
Kyle Hall: MPC Dreams (Forget The Clock / March 2021 / 12″ Vinyl / Digital)
A1. Kyle Hall: “JJ Dreams Of Nippon” (4:19)
A2. Kyle Hall: “Expression” (feat Amp Fiddler) (4:04)
B1. Kyle Hall: “Attack!” (5:00)
B2. Kyle Hall: “Modified” (5:18)
⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was not submitted as a promo.