First Thoughts: Moodyman – Sinner


It’s always a joy to hear new music from Moodyman, a genuine Detroit legend who has always given his time to developing his craft with only classic albums. Having been nearly 5 years since his last studio album self-titled, Moodyman, there was much anticipation but also, some confusion around his latest project. With a number of online sites hinting it was ‘coming soon ’ long before the release date, and then later being taken off the website.

Tilted ‘Sinner’, Moodyman in 7 tracks encapsulates an incredibly authentic blend of Detroit deep house, soul, and funk, making use of cleverly arranged samples to reveal more about him within each track. I’ll Provide’ opens with a confusingly menacing patient build around Moodyman’s distorted voice, which eventually evolves with the beats developing in tempo around his voice.

Following, ‘I’ll Think of Saturday’ is the only single Moodyman released prior to this album towards the end of last year titled – ‘Got Me Coming back’. Starting off steady, the eerie unexpected break down within minutes into the track brilliantly ignites your attention and allows for the accompanying elements to stand out more.

If I Gave You My love’ and stand out track ‘Downtown’ turn to more soulful old school jazz and funk feel. ‘If I Gave You My Love’ has a hazy wistful slow build, which alongside the gentle ringing piano and indistinct looped vocals, create a lullaby feel to the track. ‘Downtown’ almost feels like two tracks in one, with the first half feeling like the start of an exciting jazz tune, but the addition of the funky bassline in sync with the piano chords lifting the track to another level.

Have a listen to the album for yourself via bandcamp, let us know your thoughts:

Author: Kofi Yeboah

I'm a Music & Culture Journalist, and DJ from London. I worked in radio, events promotions, and content production. .

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