Maybe the most visceral beauty of John Camp’s music is how easily he moves you into the heart of it. Take, for example, “All You Gotta Do,” a track that opens, sparsely – promisingly – with vibes atop a beat. In perfect time, Camp sets up a funk-heavy bassline that effectively drops the song down a level, making it a more muscular and, suddenly, fully formed track. A minute in, handclaps, glinting key dust, more funk-infused keys and rich vocals from guest singer Mr. Reed bring the song effectively to life. It’s the pitch perfect intro to a recording that blends funk, R&B and a relaxed warmth into smoothly rendered, body shifting music.
What Camp does on that intro track, he somehow manages throughout this remarkably consistent, cohesive and satisfying debut release. The follow up, “Micrhodesia,” reveals his ability to lightly touch upon jazz and quiet storm in his own deft way, distilling hints of ‘80s Herbie Hancock and late night R&B radio into a lustrous funk. “Credit Default Swap,” is the most energetic track here, a song that straddles old and new without ever losing its footing. Even when Camp nudges the track's exuberance, the music still feels like it maintains an effortless cool. The closer, “Uh Huh,” is a more laid back take, with deep-down bass and singer Mr. Reed guiding the soulful flow.
Though this is Camp’s debut solo release and first offering on HAKT Recordings, listeners have heard from him before. Last year, he was featured on No Regular Play’s debut album, Endangered Species, out on Wolf + Lamb. He also appeared on the track “No More Time,” along with collaborator Michael Christopher, from the Zurich-based Cityfox label. And in April 2012, he was featured on a track from Double Standard Records, the vinyl-only imprint from Wolf + Lamb’s Gadi Mizrahi.
Published: 14th February 2013