Sly5thAve – The Invisible Man

A few times per year, a new album comes out that blows me away. This is one of them. Big, orchestral, instrumental jazz covers of Dr. Dre beats. I’m already 100% in. But the beauty of this release is the transitions between the beats that kick in and bring us back to the 90s.

On track 21, “The Edge,” Sly And Quantic cover “The Edge” by David McCallum, then transition to the Dre song that sampled it, “The Next Episode,” on track 22. This isn’t just a few jazz covers thrown onto an album, there was a lot of effort and planning that went into this album. If you’ve never heard a Dr. Dre song in your life, this album would sound like an original jazz masterpiece, not like a collection of hip hop covers.

Other standout tracks include, “California Love,” which doesn’t break down into the beat we all remember until about the 1:45 mark, a string heavy version of Snoop Dogg’s “Who Am I” & a cover of Bootsy Collins’ “I’d Rather Be With You,” which Dre sampled in NWA’s “I’d Rather F**k You.”

Sly5thAve – The Invisible Man

Side Note: 2 soul legends also released albums today that are worth a listen:

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – Soul Of A Woman

Mavis Staples – If All I Was Was Black

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