Published Mar 31, 2014Throughout his 20-year career, Peshay made a name for himself as a top drum & bass producer who always brought a slick jazz and soul element to his tracks. His 2013 album, Generation, however, saw him bring those latter ingredients to the forefront of his music and move to modern soul label Tru Thoughts. Vanguard is the second EP to be lifted from the much-praised album and looks at three tracks from the release.
"Generation" is a jam-packed funky celebration wherein each instrument has its own little charm when you begin to focus on it. The guitars have an instantly likeable hook and the bass is an unabashed swagger-fest, but the king of the party is the Hammond organ, which leads the procession with a colourful gait. After the zeal of "Generation" and title track "Vanguard," "Bronx Life" simmers things down with a brooding film noir backdrop. Here, Peshay puts on his detective hat and dives straight into a black and white montage, complete with suspicious piano keys and chase-scene percussion. (Tru Thoughts)