Tennerz: Teflon Dons feat. Gregory Porter – Tomorrow People (Vocal Mix) (Moulton Music)
Once again I have to disagree with the way one has categorized this jam, rating it as… classic House! Not that I ever felt like a musicologist. But a quick listen to its insane rhythm pattern suffices to understand how this is not it. As a matter of fact, it’s more of a Broken Beat approach blending deep vibes over a rumblin’ funk bassline. With a then unknown Gregory Porter (already) singin’ his heart out on this…
Hypnotic and madly groovy, to say the least…
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– Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Aaron Paar and Dave Fogg teamed up as the Teflon Dons back in the mid-90’s. From then, they launched their own label – Worldship Music – where they released most of their music.
In 1998, they recorded ‘Tomorrow People’ with the then unknown Gregory Porter. A cut which Moulton Music re-released back in 2016 on its original format. Then via a couple or remix packs this year.
The Dons’ personal sound stems from their extensive DJ background in many genres. A background that encompasses the sounds of Jazz, Funk, Soul and Hip-Hop. Not to mention the dance floor R&B classics of the Disco’ era. You will find their sound unique as the aesthetic is purely rooted in deep samples and rich textures with an always prevalent bass kick.
Recently labels such as My Love Is Underground and Deeper Shades Recordings have re-released on vinyl and digital some of the Dons’ past catalogue. Therefore bringing it to a whole new audience of deep House enthusiasts.
Stay tuned for more unreleased and new releases to come in the near future…
– Sacramento, CA native Gregory Porter was initially destined to have a career in football. A 1989 graduate of Highland High School, he received a full-ride athletic scholarship as a football lineman to San Diego State University (SDSU Aztecs). Alas, a shoulder injury during his junior year of high school put a definitive end to his projects.
Gifted with a silky baritone voice, he made his first foray into music along with the Teflon Dons. This, on a rare track – ‘Tomorrow People’ – which appeared as a part of a WMC Sampler back in 1998.
Movin’ to Brooklyn 6 years after, he worked as a chef at Lloyd’s restaurant Bread-Stuy where he also eventually performed.
Porter eventually released 2 albums on Indie label Motéma, with his first one – ‘Water’ – featuring the memorable ‘1960 What?’ with Kafele Bandele on Trumpet. A track which UK label Expansion brought to international recognition with remixing work courtesy of Opolopo in 2012.
Signing with Blue Note the year after, Porter most likely confirmed with ‘Liquid Spirit’. His third opus winning the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, with production work by the likes of Brian Bacchus. Claptone remixing its title cut in 2015.
He eventually collaborated that same year with Disclosure on ‘Holding On’. A track which opened his last studio album – ‘Take Me To The Alley’ – back in May 2016, featuring guests such as Kem and Lalah Hathaway…