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Much to my serious discredit, I've never come across this killer before, so kudos to those folks at Groovin' for expanding my horizons and soothing my soul. Pieces Of A Dream were a trio of fusionists from Philadelphia, who started jamming as teenagers in 1976. Ny 1981, bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon, and keyboardist James Lloyd had come to the attention of Grover Washington Jr, who manned the controls as the trio hit the studio, utilizing his extensive connections to take their sound to the next level.
The sultry and stunning downtempo funk number "Warm Weather", featuring silky vocals from Cynthia Biggs, a little coastal ambience and suitably brilliant synth work from one Dexter Wansel is very much blowing my mind right now. Way ahead of its time, this is boogie tinged electro soul for the Balearic crowd. Turn it over for the dreamy e-funk of "Mt Airy Groove", a madcapped jam with hazy Rhodes, B-boy drums and a weird popcorn break.
Patrick says: How have I never heard this? Produced by Grover Washington and featuring synths from Dexter MF Wansel, this downtempo and dreamy slice of coastal synth funk has blown my mind. Way ahead of its time, and boasting a killer e-funk instrumental on the flip. Cucumber cool and entirely essential.
A1. Warm Weather (4:05)
B1. Mt Airy Groove (instrumental) (6:01)