D'Influence - Good 4 We

D-Influence followed in the wake of the UK Soul explosion fronted by Soul II Soul in the early 90's. The Young Disciples, The Brand New Heavies, Galliano, Jamiroquai and D-Influence all forged ahead and established an alternative to the cookie-cutter "New Jack Swing" that could not be escaped in the early 90's. Oddly enough and almost a decade later the "neo soul" movement is here. One listen to this album and you will see where many of the so called "neo -soul" school took their cue.

The album is just classic. It has great songs, great string arrangements, great vocals and great instrumentation. Sarah Ann Webb's voice is similar to Sade's on this release. The first time I heard "Funny How Things Change" on the radio in '92 I thought it was Sade. There's great samples like the horns from Curtis Mayfield's "Eddie You Should Know Better" on "Sweetest Things". Drum rolls sampled from Parliament's "Do That Stuff". Even a Pac-Man video game sample is used as instrumentation on "Changes". There's a few downplayed hip hop samples dispersed throughout for texture. The instrumentals range from latin("Instantly") to dissected hip hop on ("The Classic")(beastie boys?).

Good 4 We is an album that is subtle and powerful. The album is rooted in funk and the lyrics are sometimes double edged between the socio-political and romatic but always emotional. Some psychodelic hippie ethos informs their sound as well as knods to 70's inspired soul. Their stripped down sound would mature into stronger, more full bodied songs on their follow- up "Prayer 4 Unity in 1995.

1 Good Lover
2 Journey
3 I'm The One
4 Funny (How Things Change)
5 Good 4 We
6 For You I Sing This Song
7 Instantly
8 No Illusions
9 Sweetest Things
10 Changes
11 Sign
12 The Classic

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acidjazzy said...


carlos said...

Great Great Albun !
Ultra sexy.
Very cool.
Thanks a lot.
From Curitiba-Brasil

sexy said...




What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".