In my last post I mentioned that James Poyser had produced Erykah Badu's new single. Thought I would put a mix together to show off the talent of one of Neo Souls inventors...and probably somebody people have been unaware of?
James Poyser's name first got bandied around for his work with The Roots and Common, Hip Hop acts with more soulful credibility than most RnB acts of today. His soulful productions for them were simbiotic - His Soul productions carried that Hip Hop flavour or aesthetic.
Productions on Erykah Badu and D'angelo LP's followed, and his part in the Neo Soul movement (A very un-hip tag nowadays it seems) is now part of History.
James has worked with some of the great Soul artists of our day: this mix includes Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Will Downing, Eric Benet to name a few. I couldnt run a series on great producers without adding him to the list as number 5.
So, thats James Poyser, Marc Mac, Raphael Saadiq, Kashif and Jam and Lewis. Looks like I need to go back in time to the 70's for the next one.......Grizz - Get the DeLorean Ready!
Tracklist in comments.