Song: I be Blowin’
Band: De La Soul (featuring Maceo Parker)
This sensuous instrumental hails from De La Soul’s third album, 1993’s Buhloone Mindstate. Here the brilliant Long Island hiphop act puts the rap aside and goes straight for an expansive, quietly exhilarating vibe. Flutes, and alto sax pulsate over a silky minimalist percussive stream - it’s jazz lounge before the term existed as a marketing schtick. A cut effortlessly sophisticated and chilled, thanks largely to Maceo Parker’s soulful contribution.