Muscavado Sounds
Rye Lane Volume One

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."

Sprung up from his much-fêted clubnight of the same name, Bradley Zero has enlisted fellow Peckham local Al Dobson Jr to inaugurate Rhythm Section International with this: Rye Lane Volume 1, an 11 track mini-LP stuffed to the rafters with summery goodness. The importance of location on Rye Lane Volume 1 appears both tantamount and inconsequential: many of the titles on offer dot specific points of reference on the map (Peru, Grenada, Cameroon, Columbia, Peckham’s Rye Lane), but Dobson Jr does his best to melt these heterogeneous influences down into something definably his own.

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.
Grenada Special
Cameroun Special
Cigar Box
Nankoo On Keys feat. Reginald Omas Mamode IV
Big Bags
Live at Central Hotel
Colombian Special
Rye Lane Volume One

"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."

Jr explores rhythmic expression and other abstract truth in his raw and unique productions which traverse the boundaries between hip-hop, jazz, funk and broken beat.
South London based artist, producer and beat maker, Al Dobson Jr is a rising enigmatic figure on the worldwide underground music scene. Living that basement cats lifestyle, Jr explores rhythmic expression and other abstract truth in his raw and unique productions which traverse the boundaries between hip-hop, jazz, funk and broken beat. As one of the original members of the People’s Situation Ensemble, Jr has been a key figure in bringing real jazz to a new wave of music lovers. Notable releases on labels 22a, Izwid, Sey Music, Jr Sounds and Rhythm Section International have also garnered support far and wide from the likes of George Clinton to Dennis Ayler. Jr's productions and unique DJ sets from obscure yet dance floor friendly grooves & unreleased dubplates to classic jazz & funk have made him heavily sought after. Since stepping on the scene in 2014, he has quietly established himself as one of the UK's most promising underground producers.
Mims Agency: Rahel Tesfai
Published Tue 21 Jun