Day 9 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of Help Musicians.
Nearly four years ago, Tall Black Guy became only our second Stamp Mix guest, back when he was a young, beatmaking upstart from Detroit, getting props for his Fela Kuti rework. Fast forward to 2015 and the big man’s stature has grown to match his size, fuelled by hip-hop productions squeezed through a jazz and soul juicer.
His contribution to our 2015 Advent Calendar is a collaboration with The Milk, the Essex four-piece who recently penned their sophomore album for WahWah45s, a release born through re-engaging with their love for Bill Withers, Isaac Hayes and the Isley Brothers. Unsurprisingly, it oozes soul and was recently named one of 6Music’s albums of 2015. It’s a project that’s primed for a TBG rework then, and his take on ‘Trouble Gonna Bring Me Down’, tows the line between Dilla, Slum Village and A Tribe Called Quest; not so much emulating the sampling greats by chopping the original up, but respecting the prime cut that The Milk have already provided.
The Milk – Favourite Worry LP is out now on WahWah45s. Buy from Bandcamp.