Given the clear jazz, Latin and jazz-funk influences in his drum and bass productions, we probably shouldn't be all that surprised by the sound of Generation, Peshay's first album since 2004. That we are says more about our preconceptions than the album itself. You see, Generation is Peshay in live mode, utilizing organic drums, horns, guitars and vintage synths to create impeccable tracks that pay tribute to his myriad of influences, from jazz and Brazilian beats, to old skool electro (the freestyle-tinged "Dirty"), rubbery jazz-funk, sensual, clav-happy soul (the thrilling dreaminess of "Never Let You Go") and sun-drenched downtempo grooves. It's a brilliant set, all told, full of hazy warmth and luxurious musicality. It's easily his best album to date and a joy from start to finish. Seriously, don't sleep on this one.
Jazzman have surpassed their own reputation for digging skills with this latest reissue. Apparently the reason that this early '70s album is so rare is because it was made as some sort of tax scam and was never intended to actually reach the general public at all! The most baffling thing is though, is just how good the album is: ten tracks of authentic soul and funk played by a band of Bronx-based musicians who were literally playing like no one was listening. Thankfully, they are now.