Samuel Jonathan Johnson - My Music (140g Reissue 2019)

Samuel Jonathan Johnson

My Music (140g Reissue 2019)

Be With Records
Release date: 29/11/19
genre: Soul
Format: LP
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1. A1 My Music
2. A2 What The World Needs Now Is Love
3. A3 Sweet Love
4. A4 Because I Love You
5. A5 It Aint Easy
6. B1 You
7. B2 Just Us
8. B3 Yesterdays & Tomorrow
9. B4 Thank You Mother Dear
10. B5 Reason For The Reason
Samuel Jonathan Johnson - My Music (140g Reissue 2019)


My Music is a stellar spiritual soul / jazz-funk gem, recorded by keyboardist-singer Samuel Jonathan Johnson in 1978. The epitome of a cult classic, it didn’t do much upon its release but steadily found an audience over the decades that followed. It eventually worked its way into the culture, and latterly the wantlists, of wave after wave of soul aficionados. This is music that shares the jazzy R&B DNA of contemporaries like Roy Ayers and is an intoxicating blend of mellow moments and more groove-heavy tracks. Spacey keys and lush production give it a luxurious, enveloping warmth. My Music opens with the gorgeous title track: an indulgent slow jam opus. Introducing us to Johnson’s compelling musical vision, it features a rich mélange of production techniques. Dripping in strings, horns, backing singers, popping funk bass lines and swooshing synth waves, it’s an unusually structured cosmic two stepper that has an irrepressible groove. Accordingly, it’s been a favourite with the diggers and it was sampled by The Alchemist for Jadakiss’s “We Gonna Make It” (and it was also used on Ras Kass’s “Home Sweet Home”… but that’s a story for another time). The up-tempo “Sweet Love” bubbles over with joy, its uplifting lyrics backed by infectious bass and jazzy Fender Rhodes lines. It follows a cover of “What the World Need’s Now Is Love”, taken at a funereal pace that transforms it into a heartfelt plea for love and understanding. Essential in these dark days. After a full-minute-long opening of lush cinematic strings and horns, “Because I Love You” makes sp

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