Artist: DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah
Title: Back For More (Album)
Genre: Hip Hop
The best way to describe the latest offering DJ jazzy Jeff and Ayah is easy listening. This is something that will come as no surprise to music lovers, who have followed his career.
From the first track on the album, which is appropriately named ‘Press Play’ the album offers some of the most neatly composed Hip hop/ Soul tracks. All the tracks merge seamlessly into each other. Ayah’s song writing is reminiscent of a young Jill Scott, merging elegant poetry with a sultry voice.
A few of the songs are interwoven with samples from older more popular hip hop classics like ‘Press Play’, ‘tables Turn’ and the jazzy ‘Notorious’. However this does not place ‘Back for Me’ into the same pile as commercial Hip Hop/ Soul albums. DJ Jazzy Jeff uses his prowess as a producer to weave the samples and his melodies into a fresh sound.
The album is ideal for the Sunday afternoon lounge session with friends, providing easy listening from the beginning until the end. If you’re not a fan of Hip Hop or Soul you’ll probably find the track monotonous, and you won’t want to listen past track 4 on the album. This is probably the reason why DJ Jazzy Jeff hasn’t acquired the commercial acclaim of his peers. This album is definitely for the fans, and in his interviews Jazzy states as much. The music that he makes speaks to his soul and he doesn’t not compromise that ideal in this offering.
A classic it may not be, but it definitely is worth a listen. The album ‘Back for More’ is available free to download on the internet.