Like many of his contemporaries, Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell quickly became bored during NYC's first Covid-19 lockdown last year, so used the time to craft Raw Tones, his first solo album for nigh on 13 years. The set is built around weighty analogue basslines and vintage-sounding drum machine rhythm tracks, with Claussell frequently adding melancholic piano solos, his own spoken word and improvised vocals, and flashes of the African and Latin-inspired percussion sounds that he's long been known for. It's. ahugely successful formula, with highlights including the similarly sleazy 'Break Free' and 'You Mutha Fucka', the sunrise deep house beauty of 'Way Back Then', the sweaty and cymbal-heavy 'If It's All In Your Kind Let It Out' and the slo-mo sweetness of 'Hallucination Ejection'.
What is Album Only?
Some artists and labels prefer certain tracks to be purchased as part of an entire release. These tracks cannot be purchased individually but are available to download as part of the release