There’s just some stuff you gotta be born into..

paul randolph

There’s a great under­ground soul scene bub­bling with artists you may not have heard like … Paul Ran­dolph, among many oth­ers in [Detroit] – Ste­vie Wonder

Is it too fan-boi to say that I’m absolute­ly besot­ted with the recent­ly released col­lec­tion of remix­es of tracks from Paul Ran­dolph’s 2007 album, Lone­ly Eden? The orig­i­nal album was a won­der­ful, warm, jour­ney through organ­ic Detroit soul, from this Tech­no sec­ond-waver (his cred­its go back to 1993 and he was a part of Carl Craig’s leg­endary Inner­zone Orches­tra).

A bass play­er and vocal­ist, I was a huge fan of his This Is… What It Is album on Moody­man’s Mahogani Music, an album (mini-album?) so deeply beau­ti­ful it defies words on screen.

When­ev­er I feel jad­ed by house music and it’s var­i­ous muta­tions, I put this mighty disc on and shiv­er a lit­tle again.

Released over a series of 12″ EPs across 2008 and 2009, the mix­es on Echoes (Of Lone­ly Eden) most­ly take me to this same place. The orig­i­nal long play­er was/is a love­ly jazz-edged soul album, full of killer deep urban grooves — the sort that only appear on inde­pen­dent labels now, as the majors seem to have for­got­ten about the music that drove the world for so many decades and made their empires what they are — but the remix­es take these songs back to the place inhab­it­ed by that ear­li­er mini album, and that remake of The Styl­is­tics’ Peo­ple Make The World Go Round, that Paul voiced so mov­ing­ly on the Inner­zone Orches­tra album in the late ’90s.

Recloose, Deetron, Zed Bias, Charles Web­ster and oth­ers all pro­vide majes­ti­cal­ly deep mix­es but the stonker is the Under­ground Resis­tance mix, from Mark Flash, of GPS,  an epic and sad sol­dier’s bal­lad on the orig­i­nal album, dom­i­nat­ed by stab­bing strings and a moun­tain­ous end­ing, now lift­ed into anoth­er eerie place alto­geth­er clos­er to the cen­tre of Detroit around 4 am.

I toyed with post­ing a track, but, nah, buy it…

A dis­claimer: I was giv­en this album by my good friend, Phillip Kel­ly, who was respon­si­ble (in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Simon Endres) for the art direc­tion, typog­ra­phy, lay­out, design and the fab­u­lous pho­tog­ra­phy (as seen above) on both this and the ear­li­er Paul Ran­dolph releases..none of which, you can be assured, influ­enced my non-cor­rupt­ible mind.

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