Thursday, September 21, 2017

Jihad Muhammad – Illusions (Main Mix)

First Listen: Jihad Muhammad – Illusions (Main Mix) (Movement Soul Recordings)

If ever into those Afro/Latin vibes by the likes of Joe Claussell or Antonio Ocasio, then this hot jam courtesy of Jihad Muhammad is definitely no ‘Illusions’.
Percussive and infectious, it starts in a so to say loungey mood during its piano driven part. Then it gets in some deeper direction when Vincent Jeffries leaves the piano to jam on his organs.

Reminding of James Preston‘s play on the Dub version of Too Deep feat. Zhana‘s ‘Love & Understanding’ back in 1998. If not of Eric Kupper presents K-Scope‘s ‘Latin Blues Part 1’ that same year. An absolute masterpiece one could also link to Joe Claussell‘s ‘Maringa (A Call To Rhythm)’. In other words, go for it and let us know what you think…
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Overview
A native of Newark, NJ, Jihad Muhammad began exploring his love for music and DJing at the early age of 12. The first traces one can find of him in terms of discography bring us back to 2001. Back then he did a rework of ‘My Heavenly Stars’ for Black Masses on Easy Street. We then would have to wait a couple of years to hear his first production. An instrumental by the likes of ‘Movement Blues’ which saw the light back in 2004 on Blaze Imprints.

Another important date for him would be early 2006 and the launch of his Movement Soul label. A label which he runs with a lot of care, obviously opting for quality rather than quantity. Just as his own productions or remixes, as a matter of fact. Eventually sharing the duties with Blaze on a revamp of Jephté Guillaume presents AK‘s ‘Shining Your Way’. Or on his own, remixing Dennis Ferrer‘s ‘Change The World’ and Tamara Wellons‘s ‘Like Rain’ back in 2008.

2009 saw him launching Bang The Drum. A monthy party that has hosted some of the best DJ’s and artists in the underground Dance Scene. Its purpose being to promote the Global Soul Movement. A movement which Jihad defines as follows… “Soulful music (House, Funk, Disco, Afrobeat), and most likely any music that touches the soul of all people… Of all races.” That to him makes it Global…

Jihad Muhammad‘s signature has most likely established itself as a guarantee of quality. A signature one could define as a trancey blend of Afro, Latin and Jazz vibes with a soulful edge. With gems such as ‘Destiny’ which he remixed for DJ Beloved & Shane or ‘Journey Into My Heart’ for Zandy Shejay & Thandi Draai adding to his reputation. But also ‘Heaven’ for Jersey Soul presents Walter Christopher. Not to mention ‘Live Your Life Your Way’ along with Earthman Experience. Or the stellar ‘Illusions’ in addition to his rework of ‘Come Over’ for Nina Provencal. And, last but not least, the mesmerizing ‘Butterfly’ for Vangela Crowe.

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