I'm always quick

to press play

on a new project

by Adrian Younge.

His newest

is the collaborative

and ambitious project

The Midnight Hour.

Made up of Younge

and Ali Shaheed Muhammad

as well as “a tight

rhythm section

and a full orchestra,”

the 20 song album

features Raphael Saadiq,

Questlove, CeeLo Green,

Luther Vandross (!),

Bilal, Eryn Allen Kane,

Marsha Ambrosius,

No I.D., and half a dozen

other artists.

It's a soul

journey, one

not to be

missed, especially

now that summer

is in full force.

Going through

the liner notes

on this alone

is a musical gem.

If you need more

from Younge

and Muhammad,

be sure to

check out their

newest score

for the second season

of Luke Cake,

which features Ghostface

and Esperanza Spalding.