Geno Young – Ear Hustler – Quality New SOUL

2 07 2010

The greatest thing about being on twitter is having access to good music and great artists. Today, Geno Young posted up his new collection, Ear Hustler, for a few hours, giving SoulCuts and a bunch of other soul nerds the chance to get some ear time with what definitely sounds like one of the better soul albums of 2010.

Geno has some pedigree, having written and produced for quality acts like Badu, N’Dambi, Carmen Rodgers and via recent collaborations with the generally accepted king of the indies, Eric Roberson. His 2004 album, The Ghetto Symphony has become a cult classic, and still gets the odd spin in the SoulCuts lounge (particularly Honeydew).

Ear Hustler is a deep album packed with hip-hop flavoured joints (the Low-end Theory vibe of Paper Thin), futuristic funk-soul nuggets (the spacey-synth drenched All I Have), live brassy funk (Condition), Stevie-piano balladry (Was It A Love Song), sweet 70s flavours (the beautifully arranged Gladys), stretched out p-funk (Other Side of Life) jazz (the ballad Crazy) and bags of good stuff all unified by ridiculously tight production from Camp Wisdom (of which Geno is a member).

While the album’s got great artwork, I don’t know why Mr Young’s looking so glum. On this evidence, the box is booming and we have ourselves a real contender. A buy-blind album for any self-respecting soul head. Get your fine selves over to for a taste.




2 responses

3 07 2010
Geno Young – Ear Hustler

[…] Thank goodness for Twitter! Otherwise I would have never known that Geno’s ablum dropped yesterday. Ear Hustler, which I haven’t heard by the way is available HERE. Read more and hear snippets from the album HERE. Props to Soulcuts for letting us know about the album and for the minireview HERE […]

27 08 2010
Friday Funk! – Geno Young – Condition « SoulCuts

[…] Geno Young – Condition 27 08 2010 We love Geno Young at SoulCuts. Just check our review of his recent album, Ear Hustler, if you don’t believe us! What’s more, we just had to […]

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