The Midnight Hour is an encounter between two producers, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad. The first is an analogue freak, a fan of good old soul and psychedelic music, whose productions range from the soundtrack of Black Dynamite – a tribute to Blaxpoitation –, to Ghostface Killah’s latest albums. The latter, Ali Shaheed, or “Mr Mohammad”, is a founding member of legendary band A Tribe Called Quest, but also The Ummah (with J Dilla & Q-Tip) as well as Lucy Pearl (with Raphael Saadiq and Dawn Robinson), whose innovative productions have revolutionized the hip-hop sound and influenced a number of performers such as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey, The Roots or Pharrell.
The Midnight Hour is also a musical, cultural, and political declaration, which honours American Black music. A journey through soul, jazz and hip-hop. An album which could have been sampled by every band and performer of the Golden age of hip-hop, made up of instant classics combining, among others, Cee Lo Green, Laetitia Sadier, Questlove…
An encounter with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed in Manchester, during the last concert of their European tour.
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