Plucked from certain obscurity by Peanut Butter Wolf ’s Stones
Throw Records, Prophet is back from the ’80s with an awful lot of love to give.
Including re-recorded versions of tracks first released three decades ago, ‘Wanna Be Your Man’ is not only a fondly stitched together photo album of funk’s heyday but an important release in its own right.Prophet
As it journeys through funktronica, R&B, g-funk and synth-pop, its clean,
tight 808s, bass slaps and synth stabs are executed with just the right amount of tension,
and they serve as a reminder of the influence of funk on the wider pop
landscape, from West Coast rap to the out-and-out plagiarism
that has climbed its way up the singles charts in recent years.
Perhaps most notable, however, is the sheer joy of this music, with Prophet’s heart worn on the sleeve of his faux military jacket throughout.
As tender, longing ballads (‘Wanna Be Your Man’, ‘Tonight’) give way to
straight up declarations of lust (‘Dream’, ‘I do’),
the earnest simplicity of Prophet’s is a refreshing throwback. If you’ve
ever dreamt of a record that sounds like early-Prince-meets-Dâm-Funk
or JamesIngram-gets-locked-in-a-studio-withJames-Pants then you’re in luck
You don’t have to believe in the transformative or research the ‘Wim
Hof Method’ the way he has to truly understand the album, because if you
strip away the concept,
‘Singularity’ still stands as a collection of tracks that power through everything from rugged techno and transcendent choral music to solo
acoustic piano and psychedelic
ambient that resonate beyond meditative exploration. But stick with Hopkins’ vision and his
open-minded take on an altered state becomes an experience that reveals itself a little more with every glorious listen
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