Contemporary curators for some of the best instrumental genres (namely jazz) seem to be fearless when it comes to digital hi-fi production. But thankfully, some of the finest facilitators of the funk-soul sound still prefer the “authentic” old school character of analogue techniques. Amongst them is Hammond organ extraordinaire Adam Scone. Scone and his magic hands made a pretty big name for themselves up in Brooklyn as part of the Daptone Family and The Dap-Kings, which eventually led to his locally-sourced collective Scone Cash Players.
Although there was a near-full decade gap between their debut The Mind Blower and 2018’s Blast Furnace!, Scone Cash Players have maintained a retro personality across their discography, like well-preserved remnants of a bygone cocktail party recently unearthed from a time capsule. For their latest LP, Scone’s trek from Brooklyn, NYC to Brooklin, Brazil inspired a jet-setting piece of South American magic – Brooklyn to Brooklin. Brooklyn to Brooklin evokes the likes of Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 for a ten-track instrumental masterpiece that goes down smoother than a caipirinha. But if cachaça’s a little too exotic for your tastes, Scone made the atmosphere-setting album opener plenty accessible for us relatively-uncultured Olde English-guzzling Americans, “Cold 40s”.