I once bagged a number of free records from the local record shop in Tallahassee, Florida. Donated by a long-running radio station that had presumably accepted the modern impracticality of vinyl in the age of sirius.fm and Spotify, these were records that were beat up, well-played, and personally rated for format appropriate airplay. Ranging from jazz-fusion, adult contemporary and gangster rap to the curiously misused “PROG” label, this was perhaps the first time I considered the term ‘Quiet Storm’. Often adorning R&B singles and LPs alike, these are the soft, drippy and yearning slow jams from stalwarts and legends like Smokey Robinson, Bobby Caldwell and Anita Baker all the way up to the nearly comical emotional heart burners of Jodeci, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
Fitting, then, that the first tune under New York producer and Allergy Season head Physical Therapy‘s newly minted Jungle Jerry alias references and carries both the mood and format of a Quiet Storm in a two-fold sense. Like throwing a tear-soaked Keith Sweat track into a drying machine on “Heavy/Wrinkle Release” and calling it “massif,” this is a take on soulful jungle breaks, albeit with a fresh sense of urgency and tenderness and possibly a fretless bass feature by Mark Egan. If you ever wanted an Al B. Sure! deep cut to hit WAY harder, this is the joint for you.
It Takes A Village: The Sounds Of Physical Therapy is out May 3rd on Allergy Season – pre-order here.