Portraits: Eric Coleman
Rejoicer’s latest album for Stones Throw, Spiritual Sleaze, is his follow up to 2018’s well-received Energy Dreams. It’s deep and lush, an embodiment of his own spiritual practices filtered through a variety of inspirations from jazz, hip-hop and beyond.
Cover art: Jengo
Check this live video for Aura Sight to see him in action:
Below, Rejoicer chronicles some of those influences in the making of the album.
Buy the vinyl and digital versions of Spiritual Sleaze here.
Kamuran Akkor – Ikimiz Bir Fidaniz
70’s psychedelic Turkish music at its best. The arrangement and melodies here are just perfect.
Dr Yen Lo – Day 81
Around 2 years ago Earl Sweatshirt showed me this album and I’m still hooked. Check out more music from the rapper Ka.
Solomon Ilori – Gbogbo Omo Ibile
This is an old Blue Note recording of amazing Afro-jazz vibes.
MF Doom – Arrow Root
I just love the simplicity and effectiveness of this track.
Oh No – I Cant Help Myself
I’ve got endless love for brother Oh, there’s always so much dope music from him.
Samiyam – Brad
One of my favourite Sam beats. He’s a crazy talent.
Billie Holiday – Gloomy Sunday
My good friend Avishai Cohen’s mom showed us the original Hungarian melody this Billie Holiday song is based on by the composer Rezső Seress. We were so moved and kept on playing and improvising on the chord changes.
James Blake – I’ll Come Too
So romantic and touching.
Dabrye – In Water
For years I tried to make a version of this beat, always losing out to the original. Dabrye is one of the top producers in my opinion.
Tekno – Skeletun
The new Afro-Pop wave is something I just cant ignore. This is so original and communicative.