The incredibly talented remixer and producer DJ Spinna’s aptly titled Intergalactic Soul is a rather exciting blend of hip-hop, soul, and electronica. It’s an album of striking beauty and simple pleasures that manages to deliver quality tunes in every genre Spinna tries his hand at. He so easily throws together lyrically potent hip-hop, vibrant and funky neo-soul, and danceable and soulful house grooves that it’s a wonder more artists don’t try to blend these complementary sounds more often.
Intergalactic Soul starts off with a punch. The biting “Current Events” featuring Alphonso Greer, and the title track, featuring Phonte are aggressive productions with clever and meaningful lyrics, something that’s missing in hip-hop today. But the album truly shines when it moves into neo-soul territory. A much-appreciated appearance by the Brand New Heavies’ grand dame, N’Dea Davenport, on “Where’s Your Love” elevates the entire project through her vocal strength and presence.
Crisp production and chunky drum breaks dominate Spinna’s sound, particularly on the refreshing “Peace and Quiet,” featuring Stephanie McKay, and the jazzy “Could It Be Too Soon,” with the incomparable Lizz Fields. These tracks contain just a touch of electronica elements, making them stand out from the glut of neo-soul. The house tracks here, which make up the latter portion of the album, tend to blend into each other a bit too much, despite being well produced. “Computer Love,” one of only two instrumental tracks, stands as one of the album’s strongest points. It comes off as a down-tempo Daft Punk selection, blending a hip-hop groove with electro vibes and a tripped-out computerized voice. The track is indicative of DJ Spinna’s genre-melding style, and it’s probably the album’s most singularly creative moment.
Intergalactic Soul is a confident release, chockfull of surprising and very welcome moments. Listeners of hip-hop, house and soul will likely find something here to meet their fancy, and chances are they’ll even be exposed to a few new sounds.