First Thoughts: Waajeed – Ten Toes Down EP

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Detroit legendary music producer, Waajeed, has returned this summer with his Ten Toes Down EP, having finished last year with his heavy 10-track album, ‘From the Dirt’ through his very own label, Dirt Teck Reck. With a career spanning over 20 years, Waajeed’s production knowledge and ability has seen him take on a range of styles. From his early work with J Dilla in 2002, where the pair released a number of Hip-Hop sampled based projects through their Bling47 record label, to the stage he is at now, releasing more soulful house and techno tracks.

Working closely with American Soulstress, Blue Raspberry under her alias Candi Lindsay for two of the three tracks in the EP, Waajeed seamlessly blends her strong powerful vocals throughout his house stylised production. The first track ‘Heavy‘, has Candi Lindsay vocals at the forefront before the opening drop, as she scatters and inflates her vocals to create a momentous drop in the first couple minutes into the track. The smooth layering of synth sounds develop nicely over Candi Lindsay vocals coming back and forth in the pockets.

‘Deeper into Blue’ has a soothing beautiful progression feel throughout the track from the Candi Lindsay spoken word at the beginning to the development of the backing chords, bassline which gradually elevates the track. Waajeed’s closing track, ‘Too Black’ has this soothing dark undertone from layered drums over the kicks which you can imagine would move any dancefloor.

You can buy the the EP via bandcamp below:

Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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