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CHAIRMAN MAO

“Chairman” Jeff(erson) Mao began writing about rap music in the early ’90s in order to get free promo vinyl from record companies. Now he can’t get rid of whatever they send him fast enough. He is a columnist at XXL magazine, and content team member with the Red Bull Music Academy. With the creative collective, ego trip, he co-authored ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and ego trip’s Big Book of Racism!, and is one of the editorial custodians at egotripland.com .
He lives in Harlem U.S.A. with his wife, son and daughter, their cats, and his record collection.

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December 30 2012 / 08:08:36

The Delfonics Back

 

The Delfonics are the prototypical falsetto sweet soul harmony group. And despite the delicate romance of staples like "La La Means I Love You" and "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," what tends to be largely ignored or forgotten is that the musical bedrock of the Philly trio's classic records were often hard as hell - a fact not lost on few notable hip-hop folks over the years. Sampled by DJ Premiercovered by Biggieinterpolated by Lauryn Hill for Nas and paid homage/employed as guest vocalists/lyrically referenced by Ghostface, the group's best material combined a haunting, orchestrated elegance with a pre-M.F.S.B. Earl Young's drums mixed so consistently loud and crispy you'd think Mecca & the Soul Brother-era Jamey Staub flew back in time and engineered the sessions or something.

Now, the Delfonics are back recording - having done an album due out in early 2013 via Wax Poetics Records under the watch of Adrian Younge - the man responsible for theBlack Dynamite extravaganza and Venice Dawn. The first single, "Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)," finds lead singer William Hart's unmistakable vocals a hair more technically, rather than merely emotionally, fragile. The instrumental grandiosity of the trio's classics - as a matter of practicality, no doubt - has been dialed back to a raw rhythm combo. But Younge's bell accents and muted horns suggest those familiar Philly Groove era qualities, and the essence of what made the Delfonics so unique - that balance of intensity and frailty - is intact. Apparently, the entire LP was co-written by Younge and Hart - a mentor-student tandem with the potential to quell predictable "retro-soul" conventions in all sorts of interesting ways. "Stop and Look (And You Have Found Love)" is out now.

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