Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge have been putting in work. From the duo scoring another season of Luke Cage to the brilliant The Midnight Hour album, these two have been tearing it up musically. Their appearance on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert furthers that notion as they glide through “Black Beacon,” “There is No Greater Love,” “B*tches Do Voodoo” and “Mission” from their recently released album.
Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have been pretty busy as of late. In addition to supplying the music for Netflix’s “Luke Cage,” the duo have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on their collaborative album The Midnight Hour. Due out next week, the album features the likes of CeeLo Green, Ladybug Mecca, Marsha Ambrosius, Bilal, Raphael Saadiq and others. But one of the finest moments from the album thus far is this complete reimagination of Luther Vandross’ classic “So Amazing.”
“We are huge lovers of Luther Vandross’ music,” Adrian Younge said. “Our adoration towards Luther was mentioned in a passing conversation, which prompted SONY Legacy to invite us to meet with the members of Luther’s estate. We discussed many things and a question was posed, if one could reimagine Luther’s music in 2018 what would it sound like?”
“Our version of ‘So Amazing’ is an example of a unique and special collaboration towards reimagining one of his classic songs,” they continued. “In addition to this song we will be making an announcement soon in relation to Luther Vandross and Spotify, but for now we present to you the initial blossom from this collaboration.”
Hit play and cop their album next Friday, June 8th.
To prepare the world for Marvel’s Luke Cage, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad share a piece of the score with the Method Man assisted “Bulletproof Love.”
Part one of the Marvel’s Luke Cage Street Level Hero social video series explores the music that moves the show. These digital videos look to blend fiction with history by taking audiences behind the curtain on the themes that give the show it’s street-level authenticity and cultural relevance. Executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker, Mike Colter, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, A$AP Ferg and Method Man lend their commentary on how each episode is shaped by its score and musical influence.
Adrian Younge has been a busy man who has dropped nothing but brilliance. Today, you can check out his Linear Labs: Los Angeles album in its entirety before copping on iTunes. Featuring the likes of Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Souls of Mischief, Ali Shaheed Muhammad,Toni Scruggs and Laetitia Saddier, this 10-track offering of funk is just what you need to get through the week.