Eloquently produced, Jazz Dust showcases Funky DL's eclectic creativity in producing some of the finest instrumental albums. In offering of a less polished sheen to the sound, the dust and crackles are deliberate and help retain the raw and authentic feel of Jazz and Hip-Hop.
This longer form video features all four tracks from the recent The Lilac Pack EP. Bronx born MC Vsteeze and the UK's prolific Funky DL teamed up for a jazzy easy listening offering with a complementary smattering deft vocals. These two talents seem perfectly paired.
Hip-hop and jazz have made a synonymous marriage in music since the late 1980s and the two have helped bridge the gap of not only generations of music lovers, but also tastes. Once in a while, projects like the late Guru's Jazzmatazz come along and give us an indepth reminder of this powerful pairing of the genres.
Funky DL returns with his new project, the next in his "Funky DL samples" series. Previously, he took on the works of Amy Winehouse (links below), but this time it's the magical audio of Motown legend Stevie Wonder that DL crafts his hip-hop chemistry with. This all new FREE and downloadable EP is entitled "Sometimes I Have To Wonder" and sees DL flippin' such classics as Stevie's "My Cherie Amour" (1969), "He's Misstra Know-It-All" (1974), "Thank You Love" (1966) and "Please Don't Go" (1974).
During the late 1990s, few UK rap acts were heard on the radio airwaves as much as East London’s Funky DL. His early tracks - ‘Da Individual’ and ‘1-2-2-1’ - were supported by the likes of Westwood, Max ‘n’ Dave and DJ 279, helping Funky DL to quickly build up a strong following. Critics were quick to disparage DL for rapping in an American accent but few could question the quality of his producing skills. His use of mellow jazz samples led to comparisons being made between his style and that of respected US artists like A Tribe Called Quest and Pete Rock.