Even though I try to cram as much music into my brain as I can, I am kicking myself that I didn't catch onto Adriene Younge earlier. Even though, I've heard his music before but never realized it. The producer/DJ might be best known for composing the soundtrack to the blacksploitation comedy, Black Dynamite, as well as, the subsequent Adult Swim cartoon. The movie has become sort of a cult hit since it was quietly released as an art house/grind house feature. It's silly fun with a lot instagram like visual gags.
Younge is connoisseur of all things 60s soul, but his unique twist is infusing modern influences like Wu-Tang beats, Portishead trickery and even a little Morricone sheen. The musician even sites Air and King Crimson as a guideline for his work. The end result is the nastiest, dirtiest, darkest, funkiest shit you've heard this year. He focused all his energy on a concept album about an inter-racial couple in the 1960s called Something About April, released on Wax Poetic back in January. Rough Trade is re-releasing the album with an earlier from EP from Young called Venice Dawn. This album will land on my Ten Best of 2012.
To get you into the mood, here's a video for one of the tracks, "Lovely Lady". It's very much in the Black Dynamite, tounge-in-cheek spirit: