The first release from the Albert’s Favourites family sees co-founder Jonny Drop at the controls with two slices of beat tape deepness.
Though an experienced beat maker, until now Drop is best known in London funk and soul circles as one quarter of The Expansions and for elevating rhythm sections as live drummer for Andrew Ashong, The Gene Dudley Group (Wah Wah 45s) and more.
He also has a record collection most would be jealous of. His taste in music is diverse and firmly rooted in anything soulful, as anyone at his vinyl-only DJ residencies in the capital will testify.
Mind Field kicks off this release with a chunky beat and soulful vocals that draw inspiration from south London luminaries like Mo Kolours and Wu-Lu as much as Drop’s earlier heroes including DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist.
But as the initial percussive thump breaks down it opens up into a beautiful Isley Brothers-esque ballad. Swelling flutes and warm vocal textures filter in and out of melodic loops, and as it slips into its gorgeous ending there is a twist…
This Is The One’s initial gentle swing gives way to a hypnotic drum beat that almost trips over itself. Tasteful vocal edits spatter the track with texture while a quick vacation into jazz territory draws it back to its roots. Yet another twist in the tail here as it strips back almost to a slo-mo-jazz-house work out to close out.
For fans of Tall Black Guy and Eric Lau these two tracks come from a larger collection of beats that Drop has been cultivating over the last few years. All of which will land as the free album ‘Sub Plot’ on Albert’s Favourites in December alongside the Mind Field 7”.
“A really talented musician, absolutely loving that” Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music
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Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music (UK)
Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 6 Music (UK)
Dom Servini, Amazing Radio (London)
Robert Lochman, Radio X (Frankfurt)
B.R.B Session, Republic 100.3 (Greece)
Sven Thomschke, ‘Limbo Rhythm’ Radio Z 95.8 (Nuernberg/Germany)
Jason Pulaski, Innamissions, kuci 88.9fm (USA)
“The Jonny Drop “Mind Field”track is lovely , very nice” Michael Reinboth (Compost Records)
“It’s sexy as fuck” Bopperson (Wah Wah 45s/First Word)
“Fantastic” Baz Hickey (45 Live)
“Albert’s Favourites is big on the list now…Premier downbeat release…” Renegades Of Jazz (Germany)
“Jonny’s first 7” is awesome! I’ll play both tunes this coming Saturday at the “45 RPM” radio show.” Dobo Marzov (The 45 RPM Show – Bulgaria)
“I love the sound of Mind Field.” DJ Dapper Dan (Forest FM 92.3)
“I’ll support both tracks on my shows. Mind Fields is my favourite and I’ll open my show with it this week.” DJ Nelson, The Weekend Warm Up (Power FM)
“Very nice release” Robert Lochman (Radio X, Frankfurt)
“Dope! Definitely diggin this Johnny Drop.” Frank Foreal (Corner Store Radio, US)
“2 great productions from JONNY DROP! Love the soulful vibe of these tunes.” Sven Thomschke, Radio Z (Germany)
“That Jonny Drop release is well tasty” Dub Dot Dash