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Joel Van Dijk

A Kind Of Blues EP

Release information
Artists » Joel Van Dijk
Release Title » A Kind Of Blues
Release Format » digital download (mp3)
Price » FREE (see "licensing information")
Release details
Genre(s) » blues, R&B, funk, soul, jazz, experimental
Country » Los Angeles
Number of Tracks » 4 Songs
Release Duration » 15.9 Minutes
Release Date » December 19, 2012
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This 4 track EP is a free release, purchase the full 14 track album » A Kind Of Blues on Bandcamp

Release description
release write-up » "A Kind Of Blues" transitions seamlessly between swampy bass beats and grooving live band arrangements and everything in between. The album topic range is a recount of the two years since he released Truthseeker. From songs about life on the road life as a touring musician with chart topping Aloe Blacc, and observing Aloe's rising career (see POPMachine, Road Again, Wherever I Go) to the revolutionary spirit embodied around the world via Occupy and the Arab Spring (see Revolve, Freetrain), and finally his thirst for expression and desire to follow his artistic path (see, My Song, BeYoself). Not without a sense of humor, JVD covers Aloe Blaccs hit tune "I Need A Dollar" with a slowed down sexy-fied groove and later features Aloe singing a fresh new arrangement of the Bill Withers classic "Ain't No Sunshine." Lending to the influence and reference of Miles Davis, Joel revamps the classic tune "All Blues" with an electro-downtempo twist featuring Bridget Barkan on vocals. Wafeekee of The Flux drops by for a rap verse on My Song and A Kind Of Blues (the song) . For all instruments and voices not supplied by Joel (he plays all of the instruments on some of the tracks), he enlists his all-star band of friends and world-class musicians, dubbed "Special Force" for the studio and live shows. This very talented group of individuals have a staggering credit list, playing for likes of Mariah Carey, Van Hunt, Aloe Blacc, Snoop Dogg, the Scissor Sisters and more. They are a musical steam train when in motion.

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01. My Song feat. Wafeek
02. Revovle
03. A Kind Of Blues
04. POP Machine
Produced by Joel Van Dijk
Mastered by Adam Berg @ Manifest Music Productions
Artword by Marcus A McDougald & Zoe Van Dijk

Artist Credits
Bennie Rodgers II-Drums
Joseph Gonzales-Bass
Peter Dyer-Keyboards/Synthesizers
Ron Avant-Rhodes, Organ
Te'Amir Sweeney-Conga
Douglas Showalter- Guitar, Vocals
David Olivas-Saxophone
Randal Fisher-Flute
Jose Rios-Harmonica 1
Joel Van Dijk-Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Programming
Leah Hanna King-Vocals
Bridget Barkan-Vocals
Alex Hughes- BG Vocals
Aloe Blacc-Vocals

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