RSD​-​LP001 // The Art Of Us

by Blair French

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Deluxe double vinyl version of Blair French and Rocksteady Disco's first LP. Includes full color art insert with lyrics on the flip side. Cut loud to lacquer by Carl at Trutone, and pressed with love at Archer on the east side of Detroit

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    High-bias cassette tape in a clear Norelco case. Created by Cryptic Carousel in NYC.

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Stay Detroit 03:56
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F O A 05:46
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Deep Tissue Lyrics by Craig Huckaby Flat earth Round earth Hollow earth Ancient aliens & spaceships Fairy-tales presented as history The myth of history in time Ahead of time. Between time Overtime. Waste time Use time Drop time In the meantime, now Rewrite history One day history writes us But in the meantime, now Lunar landings in Arizona Trending on social media Fake news like Robert Johnson Sold his soul to the blues Repeat Robert Johnson Sold his soul to the blues Such is life Social media is news Day fades into night And night fades into day The cycle continues In time. Between time Ahead of time Overtime Waste time Use time In the meantime, now In the meantime Waste time Overtime Ahead of time In between time In time, now Time
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Space Time Curvature Lyrics by Fahrenheit Temperature 2040 You're living in time Space You're living in time Space What makes you think you’re not Living in time where there’s renovation Happening behind all this You look up at the clouds At the ground You look at everything that is around You're living in time Space
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Honey Rooftops Lyrics by Kaylan Waterman Chasing the sun Chasing the sun sun Let it come Running till I can’t go Chasing the sun Let it come
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Jeans 02:58
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Genes 05:03
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Honey Rooftops (Reprise) Lyrics by Kaylan Waterman, Vince Patricola, and Eddie Logix Running until I can’t go Chasing the sun Let it come Back at our table at Honest Johns The Hoovers kept coming We talked more about the country and its connection to the universe Enjoying the solitude of country life But trips like this back to detroit Are crucial for the spirit Business & pleasure Become one in the same There’s a different cast of Characters in this Detroit world Pushing buttons Touching the stars Chasing the sun Run until I can’t go Chasing the sun Let it come
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Chest Drum (A Natural Unification) Lyrics by Pathe Jassi Languages: Wolof (Senegal) and Créole (Guinée Bissau) Khol Yangui Joy Coração Natchoma Coração Natchora Bobing Koodi Khol Yangui Joy Khol Yangui Joy Khol Yangui Joy Bobing Koodi Mâ Nio N’gui Wô N’dax Nioumana Bolò N’dax Nio Done Kéneu Nioune N’déyssane Bokoo N’déye Ak Baye Oh! Aduna Gui Héy Lidé Doyna Wâr Manguilay Wô Waw! Niowal Tchi Sama Khol Niou Boka N’déye Ak Baye Té Nio Bolò Jammer Laniouy Niane Té Nio Jappò Jammer Laniouy Niane Té Nio Bolò Jammer Laniouy Niane Té Nio Jappò Jammer Laniouy Niane Nioul Ak Wêkh Diour N’dox Adouna Nâne Ba Bêgue Dounia Dounia Dounia Waw ! Oh Soma Guissè Máy Dém Yênéma Jammer Wawaw Ma Yênéla Jammer Waw Hê Dounia English Translation Hearts are calling Hearts are calling Hearts are calling Answer Hearts are calling Hearts are calling Hearts are calling Answer A call for Unity To be One Oh Goodness As brothers And Sisters Oh Universe Héy It’s Amazing Feel My Heart Brothers And Sisters Let’s Be One Call For Paece Let’s Work Together Call For Peace Let’s Be One Call for Peace Let’s Work Together Call For Peace When Colorblind Give Birth To Stars Universe diffuses lights To See Love Life Life Life When You See Me Leaving Wish Me Well Life Life Life Oh Goodness When You See Me Leaving Wish Me Well I Wish You Well My Life
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about

The Art Of Us (TAOU) begins with the story of Blair French, a cosmic messenger raised in a house of 7 on the outskirts of a historic city. From dancing at mom's disco parties at a young age, to releasing rap tapes in middle school, winning best soundtrack for the multi-award-winning film DETROPIA and hitting the Billboard charts with his Pure Sounds of Michigan compilation; ultimately French found a home in the world of all things Detroit, Pan-African, Balearic, and ambient. TAOU is his first instrumental LP under his own name, (despite a 25 year career), bringing together his closest musical compatriots.

Blair's diverse production shines on this immersive 14 track release, transcending organic/electronic, uptempo/downtempo, and light/dark, tapping in heavyweight characters including Pathe Jassi, John Arnold, Craig Huckaby, Todd Modes, Kaylan Waterman, Peter Croce, Eddie Logix, Paul Randolph, 2040, Michael Jurczak and more.

Sonically, TAOU holds peak-hour Deep Cosmic Afro House freak outs ("Faded By The Sun", "Celebration Ritual", "F O A", "Chest Drum"), blunted beatdown cuts ("Stay Detroit", "Jeans", "Drop Ceiling Shuffle", "River Crossing"), and soulful R&B and Afrobeat compositions ("Honey Rooftops", "Genes", "Space Time Curvature").

Mastered by Atjazz, the vinyl is cut loud to lacquer by Carl at Trutone, and pressed with love at Archer on the east side of Detroit. It includes a double sided full color art insert with lyrics on the flip side.

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"This is stunning! Only just had a quick flick through so far but sounding like LP of the year to me. It absolutely nails the sweet spot between tripped out dubby exotica, soulful musical vibes and deep, raw, underground house. I’m seriously blown away and can’t wait to give it some serious listens." -Jimpster [Freerange Records]

Detroit Swindle [Heist]

Fred Everything

Robert Owens

Art Of Tones

Tommy Burkle [Compost]

"the album is proper brilliant mate!! super classy" -Atjazz

"Dope!" -Jerome Derradji [Still Music]

"I really like it, it's a great album, apart from the two initial tracks that have already come out and that are overwhelming and powerful, there are another 5/6 tracks that I will play" -Leo Mas

"This is a great selection of music. Lovey production and varied musical vibe." -Craig Smith

"Ambitious without sounding pretentious. Some high end composing and arranging. Cool plot twists. Lots of bits and moments that are unclassifiable genre wise, which is refreshing. Probably got a solid five faves now." -DJ Stylus [Sol Power All-Stars]

"What an album -- y'all should be proud of this one. So much heat!" -Marc Meistro [Sol Power All-Stars]

"Phew, what can I say? This is album of the year for me hands down. Such a nice variety of music from upbeat to downtempo and of course all that percussion, I just can't get enough of it. Great to listen to in a sitting as well as playing tracks individually. Blair is an inspiration." -Igor B [Breathing Room]

"Full support brother, this is amazing." -Phat Phil [NuNorthern Soul]

"Absolutely love." -Pontchartrain [Lovedancing / Whiskey Disco]

"Amazing !! Big fan !!" -Vagabundo Club Social
"Dope love it!" -Oliver Dollar [Classic / Industry Standard]

"This is huge. The tracks are fire." -DJ Shark [The Gel Lab]

"Every tracks are great!" -Jinwook [Disco Surf]

"It's quite impressive, Celebration Ritual and Genes are my favorite cuts. Whole thing works as a piece tho." -Dino Soccio [Pleasure Of Love]

"Standouts for me on first listen are Celebration Ritual, Stay Detroit, Drop Ceiling Shuffle! Huge diversity on this LP, so great!" -Marco Weibel [Darker Than Wax]

"Lots of great stuff on here!" -Tulia S!mba [1020 Radio]

"this is fucking dope!!!!" -Delfonic

"love it" -Jim Stanton [Horse Meat Disco]

Ron Trent [Music & Power]

Edseven

Eva Theotokatou

credits

released September 15, 2020

Music written & composed by Blair French
Recorded & mixed at Boxcar Studios
Mastered by Atjazz at ARCo. Labs
Art by Leslie Cosmic / Type Design by Allison Graw / Design Layout by Dave Graw

Faded By The Sun features guitar & Moog by Michael Jurczak
Celebration Ritual features bass by Peter Croce and tap dance by Stephanie Fica
F O A features psychic reading by Patricia Orban
Deep Tissue features vocals by Craig Huckaby
Space Time Curvature features vocals by Fahrenheit 2040, guitar by Ryan Gimpert, and saxophone by Dan Haddad
Honey Rooftops features vocals by Kaylan Waterman, guitar by Michael Jurczak, and additional bass by Peter Croce
Jeans features bass by Todd Modes, guitar by John Arnold, and congas and bongos by Paul Randolph
Genes features bass by Todd Modes, guitar by John Arnold, and congas and bongos by Paul Randolph
Honey Rooftops (Reprise) features vocals by Kaylan Waterman, spoken word by Eddie Logix, words by Vince Patricola, shit talking by Party Boy Lance, and guitar by Michael Jurczak
Chest Drum (A Natural Unification) features vocals by Pathe Jassi

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