On their self-titled, US debut album, Adani & Wolf, the producers behind the indie success story of Praful's One Day Deep, take us on a sonic journey that combines jazz, blues, and chill with South European and Latin American grooves. The duo performed, arranged and produced every track and wrote or co-wrote all but two of the 15 tracks.
The album opens with a 45-second intro, “Les Seigneurs Sont Arrives,” followed by the jazzy “Daylight,” which features Ernest Ranglin on guitar over a great sonic landscape. “Onto The Light” features Neobe on vocals giving it a Southern blues vibe.
Adani lays down some nice guitar work on “So Sensual” over Moira Monsoon's breathy vocals. Gino Vanneli's “People Gotto Move” is an upbeat, “get out on the dance floor” track, followed by a very mesmerizing “Le Sheikh Noir,” which has some seriously interesting rhythms underlying the track.
“Wings of Santa Lucia” has a nice Mediterranean feel with a beautiful acoustic guitar solo by Adani. Praful joins Adani and Wolf on vocals and sax on “Where Would I Be.” Following that is the somewhat heavy and moody ambient-chill “Sensing Some Kind of Presence.”
Adani & Wolf breaks for a short intermission with “Les Seigneurs (Meanwhile…).” Billie Godfrey lends her vocal work to Adani's guitar to the R&B flavored “Look Around” – all over a serious mellow chill groove.
Probably my favorite track on the album is the very funky “Yesterday's Shadow” which feature Adani on the “talking guitar.” Too cool! You gotta hear it!
“The Sign And The Seal” would be right at home with other James Bond theme songs, and “Mist of Dreams,” featuring Praful on tube sax, with vocals by Wolf, is an upbeat 21st Century chill meets 80s disco.
Closing the CD is “Les Seigneurs (Theme).” We've heard snippets of it. Now we get the whole thing… cool little groove!
- Elizabeth Ware