Whetting appetites for his upcoming album, Deonis just dropped his mixtape, He Got Next. It’s a ten-track, future funk fuelled excursion through soul, purpleness, hip-hop, R&B and much in-between. Cuts initially grabbing my attention include the When Doves Cry on Planet Rock goodness of Fade Away, the space age slow jam, 4:20, the upfront sounds of My Future Now and the Prince-like Supernatural.
Deonis is perhaps better known for his production work as Pumah. The man’s pedigree is second to none; he’s produced for SoulCuts favourites, Carmen Rodgers and Geno Young, and worked with innumerable great artists including Kirk Franklin, Musiq Soulchild, Fred Hammond, Darwin Hobbs, Erykah Badu and Eric Roberson.
Deonis produced eight of the project’s ten tracks, with the other two appearing courtesy of his unofficial mentor, the legendary J Dilla. His influence is certainly felt on this mixtape, but Deonis appears to have deftly crafted his own undeniably fresh and funky sound, delivered at the cutting edge of soul, warranting comparisons with trailblazers such as Bilal and Eric Roberson.
He Got Next is available as a free download, via Deonis’ Bandcamp page. You can listen to it right here:
Deonis’ debut album, The Breaking Point will be released 1st March, featuring production from S1, Ernie G, Terrace Martin, Picnictyme and Deonis himself. We’ll be bringing a full review when we get to hear it. On the basis of this mixtape, I can’t wait!