Producer/instrumentalist/songstress Georgia Anne Muldrow possesses ample hip-hop credentials – having been notably covered by Mos Def (“Roses”), collab-ed with Madlib (last year’s full length, Seeds), and worked extensively with life partner, Dudley Perkins. But it’s Muldrow’s melodically adventurous compositional prowess – jazz and African influenced – that’s won her high profile admirers like Erykah Badu (for whom Georgia Anne produced New Amerykah Part II‘s epic closer, “Out My Mind, Just In Time”). With her new electronic instrumental EP with DJ Romes, The Blackhouse, out now GAM revisits a handful of the recordings that changed her life, noting, “FYI, this is 5 out of many, many more influential records that I own and love……”
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1. Salif Keita - Soro (Island, 1987)
Georgia Anne Muldrow: When I was still a lil’ one this was my favorite record. The production was so ahead of its time and the vocals from Salif are impeccable.
2. John Coltrane- A Love Supreme (Impulse, 1965)
Georgia Anne Muldrow: I painted the titles of each movement in big black letters on my bedroom walls as a teen… This record sails through time and space in such a beautifully relevant way.
3. Dudley Perkins- A Lil' Light (Stones Throw, 2003)
Georgia Anne Muldrow: I heard this before I knew Dudley. This record was truly like a beacon of light. Made me wanna get up and start cleaning. And it takes a whole lot of energy coming out of an album to make me wanna do that!
4. Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions - The Anthology (MCA, 1992)
Georgia Anne Muldrow: Simple and plain, Mr. Mayfield will always be the high priest of doo wop. Taught me so much, hypnotized me as a child.
5. James Brown - Star Time (Polydor, 1991)
Georgia Anne Muldrow: This was like a greatest hits super pack. I remember learning how to shake it listening to “Make It Funky”. “Godfather of Soul” is a term I hold very literally when it comes to this being who blessed us all with a newfound sense of The One.