On The Run
Label: Peacefrog Records
Deep house, avant-garde sampling, black pride and a sly sense of humor meet in the work of Moodymann, a restlessly inventive Detroit legend who has spawned legions of imitators but never been bested. Like his debut album, Silent Introduction, this 1998 follow-up reconfigures funk, soul and disco into moody, meditative, late-night house grooves shot through with ghostly melodies and subtle dissonance. Among the standouts, "Black Sunday" channels the ecstasy of a revival meeting into a hypnotic hip-mover, while "Sunshine" shoehorns jazzy Rhodes and a kids' chorus into pure delirium.