Lee Fields & the Expressions – Truth, Deception, & Lies (My World Remix ft Aloe Blacc) [Truth & Soul]
When Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman came together as a production duo and formed Brooklyn-based funk throwback label Truth & Soul in 2004 they immediately set about resurrecting the career of veteran hollerer and producer of much coveted, self-released 70s rare groove nuggets Lee Fields; teaming him up with the Expressions (themselves a kind of Truth & Soul Allstars) to cut soft-centered concrete funk for the new millenium. Five years on, having had no small underground success with Fields and the Phenomenal Handclap Band amongst others, they came to produce the well-read, high-minded and sharp-suited MC-turned-conscious-neo-crooner Aloe Blacc’s Good Things, containing the all-conquering recession anthem ‘I Need a Dollar (How to Make It in America)’.
As down-payment for the work, Blacc raps all over Fields’ anguished wails in this remix of the soul survivors’ debut Truth & Soul long player title track. Drawing out the syncopated drum break by way of intro and spending a little quality time with the revivalist guitar lick near the close, the backing track otherwise remains largely untouched as Blacc takes a line from Fields’ first verse as a jump off into the political specifics of Fields’ more allegorical original.
‘Truth, Deception, & Lies (My World Remix ft Aloe Blacc)’ by Lee Fields & the Expressions was included as a bonus MP3 with the release of My World [Truth & Soul Records].