Tenderloins has spent the past couple of years building his sound with releases on labels such as Sounds Of the Universe, Yoruba Records and of course his own imprint 22a. The vinyl only label was founded in 2013 alongside 4 close friends who are all affiliated to the ever growing Peckham music scene. After the success of 22a001, a split by Tenderlionious & Al Dobson Jr, the label has spent the last few years gaining momentum leading us to their first 'mini' album release.
The thing about 22a is you can never tie them down to one particular sound. This mini album showcases a range of music influences from jazz to break and afrobeat, whilst also maintaining a very contemporary deep house manner. The opening track ‘Ghana’, an afro inspired cut, sets the tone with slick shuffling rhythms, sleazy keys and of course the Tenderlonious signature flute.
Shorter tracks like 'autumn leaves', 'Oedo Bushi' and 'Dales Corner' take you down in tempo and all share similar choppy cuts and scattered drum work. However, the tracks also build tension with deep breaks and hypnotic flute lines making them perfect for the after party. Cuts B.1 (above) & B.2 have a more upbeat, hands in the air, dance floor feel. The progressive keys, ever building drums and bold chords are a nice contrast to the rest of the tracks tying the mini album together elegantly.
Cuts B.1 (above) & B.2 have a more upbeat, hands in the air, dance floor feel. The progressive keys, ever building drums and bold chords are a nice contrast to the rest of the tracks tying the mini album together elegantly.