This Friday Detroit legend Amp Fiddler will release Amp Dog Kinights via fellow Detroit native and house & techno luminaryMoodymann’s Mahogani Music. This 4th studio album from the man responsible for teaching J Dilla how to use the MPC300, is a suite of 13 tracks A&Red and co-curated with Moodyman (who also features on a number of tracks). It was recorded at Moodyman’s ‘Camp Amp’ studio basement in Detroit.
Today, ahead of its release, Amp shares a final single; “Keep Coming.”
Listen to “Return of the Ghetto Fly” (ft. J Dilla, T3 & Neco Redd
When you listen to the music of Joseph ‘Amp’ Fiddler your ears are picking up something a little different; authentic funk straight from the heart of Detroit in a sea of beige imitations.
But then you don’t play with two of the greatest RnB groups ever created (namely Enchantment and Parliament/Funkadelic), teach J Dilla how to use the MPC60, and write and record music with the likes of Prince and Seal without knowing how to make very fly soul music.
Amp was instrumental in putting Detroit on the map for hip hop, by using his first advance to buy an Akai MPC60, then teaching the teenage J Dilla how to use it. His new record features 2 tracks co-produced by Dilla. The tracks date from a famous Zip disk that was stolen from him and recovered by Amp. Dilla then gifted him the beats to use by way of thanking him for his mentorship. Track “Return Of The Ghetto Fly” also features rapping from Slum Village member T3 as well as vocals by Neco Redd, completing a track that is the very soul of Detroit. “It’s Alright” is featured in three versions on the album with contributions from another Slum Village member - Waajeed - as well as frequent Theo Parrish collaborator Ideeyah. “Those are my friends’ says Amp of his local collaborators, ‘I love the way they work, I love the way they do things.”
Amp Dog Knights continues with tales of the Detroit player known as the ‘Ghetto Fly’; inspired by sharp-suited characters from the neighborhood of his childhood who ‘dressed like The Temptations every day and had attitude when they walked, they were almost dancing’. Across the record there are stunning P-Funk rock jams like ‘Put Me In Your Pocket’ with guitarist Chris Bruce, as well as 4/4 soulful steppers like ‘I’m Feeling You’. ‘I Get Moody Sometimes’ featuring Moodyman is a shimmering electronic funk number tailor-made for the label head’s eclectic DJ sets. ‘Amp Dog Knights’ is the second album in 2 years following Amps break from music since 2006 following personal tragedy in his family including the death of his son. Now he’s back he wants more - more people to hear the music and the message. ‘I want to hear it in shops, when I am at the airport, I want to hear it everywhere’. Amen.
Amp Fiddler Amp Dog Knights
(Mahogani Music – Nov 10th)
01. Grandma's Radio feat. Soundboy
02. Return Of The Ghetto Fly feat. J Dilla, Neco Redd & T3
03. Keep Coming
04. It's Alright feat. Neco Redd & Ideeyah (Waajeed’s Earl Flynn remix)
05. Good Vibes feat. Only Child
06. Through Your Soul feat. Bubz Fiddler & J Dilla
07. I'm Feeling You
08. Put Me In Your Pocket feat. Dames Brown, Will Sessions & Chris Bruce
09. No Politics feat. Neco Redd, Andrés & Bubz Fiddler
10. It's Alright feat. Neco Redd
11. Say So
12. I Get Moody Sometimes feat. Moodymann
13. So Sweet feat. Neco Redd (Louie Vega remix)
14. It's Alright feat. Neco Redd & Ideeyah (Waajeed’s Conant Gardens remix)