Boomkat Product Review:
Deep UK broken beat and soul pressure from living legend Dego (4Hero, Cousin Cockroach, Tom and Jerry) on his 2000black label
One of the most crucial bridges between his current home in Brooklyn, USA and the UK scene for a generation, Dego continues to push the slickest, modern takes on jazz, soul, and boogie, or what had emerged under the “Broken Beat” banner by the end of the ‘90s. The past 20 years have seen him persistently refine this style to an infectious hustle that fills the gap between Transatlantic, diasporic boogie vibes up to this, his 4th album in this mode following from a hot session with his peer and spar Kaidi Tatham for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature.
Vocalists Nadine Charles, Obenewa, and Samil supply suitably toned and suave vibes on the album’s charming highpoint including the ‘80s styled stick ’n move R&B of ‘What’s Good For You’, and the downstroke of ‘Recovered Memories’, with Dego’s exceedingly natty chops in effect between the skittish slow/fast bounce of ’Stained with the Tears on their Faces’, the inimitable shuffle of ‘What’s An Inferiority Complex’, and laid-back boogie of ‘The Negative Positive’, whose title refers to the album’s core theme; “The Negative Positive see's the benefit of defeat,obstacles and a straight NO.
The Negative Positive grows stronger under detrimental circumstances. The Negative Positive knows to truely live you must have felt pain.”