The 12 Best Moodymann tracks | Sound Shelter

“I don’t make music for the masses to dance to, I make music for the small majority that listens.” – Moodymann aka Kenny Dixon Jr.

Year after year, we encounter the same thing: the dusty, basement Jazz chords, the 70s and 80s golden-era Soul vocal samples and the bumping 909s. And year after year, no one quite manages to emulate that Moodymann style.

Kenny Dixon Jr. has been killing it since 1994 and along with fellow Motor City cohort, Theo Parrish, epitomises the second wave of Detroit electronic music. We felt it was time to celebrate over 20 year’s of awesomeness with a run through the tracks that we think, are KDJ’s finest moments.

Here are the 12 best Moodymann tracks.

(We didn’t feel it necessary to include such gems as “Shades of Jae” or “I Can’t Kick…” because everyone knows them, right?…right?)

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Kenny Dixon Jr. – Outerdrive
From “Three Chairs – Three Chairs”

One of the stand out tracks from the Three Chairs project of Theo Parrish, Malik Pittman and Rick Wilhite and KDJ.

Moodymann – Joy Pt2
From Moodymann – Joy Pt. II

An ultimate closing tracks for any house club.

Moodymann – Liveinla 1998
From Silence In The Secret Garden

KDJ’s timeless take on minimal techno.

Innerzone Orchestra – People Make The World Go Round (Moodymann’s KDJ Mix)
From Innerzone Orchestra Featuring Paul Randolph ‎– People Make The World Go Round

Amp Fiddler, Norma Jean Bell and Moody combine for this jazz-flecked workout.

Moodymann – Dem Young Sconies
From Moodymann – Dem Young Sconies / Bosconi

Kenny takes an obscure synth-pop record and loops it into a machine-driven, acid house monster. Some call this the best Moodymann track.

Moodymann – Tribute
From Moodymann – The Day We Lost The Soul

Pensive chords, a hypnotic bassline and an abundance of Marvin Gaye samples. A dancefloor tribute to the Prince of Soul.

Moodymann – Track Four
From Moodymann ‎– Sunday Morning / Track Four

Clattering percussion and some glorious edits show the jacking side of Moodymann.

Moodymann – Bosconi
From Moodymann – Dem Young Sconies / Bosconi

The often overlooked b-side to Dem Young Sconies; paranoid chords loop over JB’s style funk samples.

Moodymann – Untitled
From Moodymann – U Can Dance If U Want 2

Prince-sampling house banger, probably KDJ’s most upfront track.

Moodymann – Amerika
From Moodymann – Amerika

KDJ’s loops up Idris Muhammed’s ‘Turn That Mutha Out’ and layers over some explosive Gil-Scot Heron poetry.

Moodymann – The Thief That Stole My Sad Days (Ya Blessin Me)
From Moodymann – Forevernevermore

A collage of Gospel-based emotion.

Moodymann – I Want To Know
From Moodymann ‎– Music Is … Moodymann

This is the signature Moodymann sound; 8 minutes of dancefloor voodoo.

So how did we do? Let us know your best Moodymann tracks in the comments below

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Like many others, Ghostly became enamoured with Fort Romeau‘s idea of “slow listening,” the concept of enriching relationships with music through careful attention and focus.

His understated take on deep, groove-friendly house started pushing this practice three years ago, when the producer’s debut LP, Kingdoms, appeared via 100% Silk. The native Londoner, born Mike Greene, has evolved considerably since then, finessing his sound over the course of three breezy 12″s, one EP, and lengthy DJ sets at some of the best clubs in Europe. Those years Greene spent immersed in his craft and new inspirations have generously informed the eight stunning productions which comprise Insides, Fort Romeau’s long-awaited sophomore album, set for release on March 31st on Ghostly.

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Fort Romeau – Insides is released on Ghostly International on 31st March 2015

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