Artist Spotlight: Moodymann
by Philip Sherburne | February 16, 2014
There's not much mystery surrounding the way Kenny Dixon Jr., aka Moodymann, feels about digital music; the inner sleeve of his 2009 album, Anotha Black Sunday, reads, "While you're having the greatest time downloading my music … your freeki girlfriend is playing with my 12 inches." Fortunately for us, though, after several years' worth of limited-pressing, vinyl-only releases on his own KDJ label, he finally deigns to acknowledge digital listeners with Moodymann, a dizzy sprawl of funk, soul and dirty, dusty house music, liberally padded out with spoken-word snippets, sketches and teasing fragments from his own back catalog. And for fans who don't feel like ponying up $50 for an out-of-print copy of one of his recent vinyl releases, Moodymann reprises some of his most compelling songs of the past five years, including the Lana Del Rey rework "Born 2 Die," a collaboration with Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan ("IGuessuneverbeenlonely") and his late-night house jam par excellence, "Freeki Muthaf*cka." Sample the highlights from the new album along with classic cuts from his Peacefrog albums, plus his remixes of Billie Holiday, Rick Wilhite and others, in our Artist Spotlight: Moodymann playlist.