Toddla T has done something special with this record--he's created a perfect track in the mold of the best work of Nellee Hooper, the tailblazing DJ/producer for Soul II Soul, Bjork, and Massive Attack. But I don't mean to make it sound retro. Yes, that archetypal, sunny house piano hits you first, but don't miss the wonderfully effective low end of this track, which is held down by a bucket-drummer rhythm, and occasional blasts of bass, prominent enough to shake the rear view mirror in your car, at appropriate volume. That, however, isn't what steals the show.
The show is stolen by UK R&B vet Shola Ama's soulful vocals. And J2K steps in with an on-point-if-concise rap in the break after the second verse. Toddla's production sparkles, and the whole package rewards repeated spins. A true summer jam if there ever was one.
On iTunes: Toddla T / "Take It Back"