J Rawls first came to my attention as one half (along with J Sands) of soulful hip hop unit the Lone Catalysts. He also gained a rep as the producer of Black star’s (Mos Def and Talib Kwali) Brown Skin Lady
J really rose in my estimations when he released the album Essence of Soul in 2005. In this production he brought together an array of independent soul singers – Eric Roberson, Tavaris, Venus Malone, Aloe Blacc, Sol Uprising, Jonell and Middle Child putting their vocals over his hip hop beats.
Fast forward three years and we see the first single of his new soul based projects, this time with one of the finds on the Essence of Soul, Middle Child
The 12” has two tracks, Till the sun comes and Music over madness with Middle Child’s soulful vocals over J’s fat beats. I can’t wait for the album.
Available at FatCity records
Also of note is The Liquid Crystal project, which is due it’s second installment. Here we have J Rawls producing live versions of famous hip hop instrumentals. A little bit like Marc Mac’s Visioneers project
For those of us in the North West of England we can catch J doing a DJ set at the Magnet on Hardman St in Liverpool next Saturday the 3rd of May. A tour of Europe with Middle Child is planned for later in the summer.