Al Dobson Jr.  —  Rye Lane Volume One
"These album snippets feature sharply sequenced organic breaks, stumbling over the kind of silky organs that give Gilles Peterson or Theo Parrish sleepless nights. Spoken-word samples drift in and out, all of it capturing something of the good-natured madness of a hot evening on the titular lane."
Elliptical funkiness and nimble calypso grooves bob and weave through the melodic, soft-tone jazz stylings, all underpinned by a steady bump. This melange of warm styles mirrors the Peckham streets upon which it was cooked up, teaming with raw energy but quietly confident enough not to shout too loud about it. Tempos shift up and down at will as Dobson Jr shuffles through his strong pack at speed, maxing out the replay value.
With it being almost impossible to define the sound of Rhythm Section in one record, Rye Lane Volume 1 perfectly fits the role of inaugural release by the way in which the album encapsulates the sum of Rhythm Section’s influences into one coherent blend of experimental, percussive led jams. This selection of tracks, carefully curated from over 200 never released works, is a concise statement from the Peckham based label as it confidently steps out from it’s humble suburban origins into the international arena.
It’s been getting a heap of love from across the board, too: DJs as diverse as Horse Meat Disco’s Severino, Lefto, Midland, PAN’s Bill Kouligas, Anthony Naples and Gilles Peterson have been affording regular play to Al Dobson Jr. joints on offer; but we’ll leave the final word to Eglo head honcho Alex Nut: “SO SO SO SO GOOOOD! Al Dob is ridonculazZz for sure. [insert lazer gun sound here]”. You can’t say fairer than that.
"I don't know much about the recent dance music, I like a lot of old music and I’m inspired by the earliest forms of expression, the voice and drums in particular."