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A 12″ by CL Dawkins titled ‘Affirmation Of Love’ comes as a wonderful postcard from Detroit. Written and produced by Alex Israel, remixed by Amp Fiddler, and with a vocal contribution by Lavell Williams, the record features three different generations of Detroit artists.
Alex Israel, here debuting his CL Dawkins moniker, is a mechanical engineer and synth aficionado with a deep respect for soul music.
Since 2011, Alex has released a string of successful releases under his real name on labels such as Creme Organization, Stilove4music, Night Gallery and W.T. Records.
In tune with the mood and title of the label, Alex delivers two mid-tempo jams which are hard to ignore. ‘Affirmation Of Love’ is a soulful tune that works equally as the last song of the night, in your living room, or at a boat party.
Mr. Williams, whose vocals envelop the song, is vice president of the Detroit Sound Conservancy, an organisation deeply involved with Detroit’s musical heritage education.
CL’s second tune on the record is ‘Blue Falconry’, an instrumental with a subtle synth line reminiscent of Alex’s previous work threading through the whole length.
Finally, Amp Fiddler contributes his take on the vocal cut. Fiddler’s career connects the worlds of George Clinton, Sly and Robbie, Prince, and Brand New Heavies to artists like Moodymann, J Dilla, Theo Parrish, and A Tribe Called Quest.
A one-man musical hub, and an artist whose impressive biography would take up more space than we have here, spins the title with a dancefloor edge while retaining all the things we love about the original, a soulful Detroit house take that leaves a lasting impression…