Wednesday, May 04 2005 | 16:39

The Platinum Pied Pipers are a two-man dynamic musical duo with an essential new twist on modern hip hop and soul. Producers Waajeed (a founding member of Slum Village) and musical sidekick Saadiq have released two singles and been in several highly talked-about live shows. Working hard for two years they now have a hungry public waiting in line for their fresh-faced approach to music on their debut album, “Triple P“.

The first two PPP singles sparked sold-out European tour dates and a flurry of press including Urb Magazine’s Next 100 issue, a Top 5 rating from The Detroit Free Press for their performance at Detroit’s electronic music festival, Movement 2004, plus a mass of features in lifestyle and music mags, and a steady buzz in industry-savvy circles. They’ve appeared as guests and had their music play on radio shows from San Francisco to London to Paris and Tokyo, including Radio 1, Radio 1xtra, Ministry of Sound, Radio Nova, Jointone, and on the Ninja Tune globally syndicated show Solid Steel. In addition to multiple dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Detroit, they hold down a monthly residency at the revered Friends and Family Club in England, and have played several dates in New York including a Puma/Giant Step Tsunami benefit alongside The Brazilian Girls. They’re currently booked to play an exclusive PUMA party at WMC, and a US tour around the album release date is in the works at time of press.

Cover versions of Faze O’s classic “Rydin’ High” and Bobby Caldwell’s “Open Your Eyes” on Rewind Volume 2 showcased their ability to match beat making with musicianship, and the original tracks flaunted on “Triple P” launch an exciting voyage into Detroit hip-hop, soul, house, and rock. It’s a mix that is that is at once accessible to the masses and edgy for the underground heads. Fellow Detroit artists Jay Dee, MC Lacks, plus UK-based Spacek, and Los Angeles based SA-RA Creative Partners pop up on the album. The jump off 12″ featured the vocal abilities of Los Angeles native and newcomer Georgia on a classic Waajeed-style banger called “Your Day Is Done” with New York based Tiombe Lockhart’s soulful jazz ballad “I Got You,” on the flip “ this track was nominated for song of the year by the BBC Radio 1 Worldwide show. The second 12″ also features Tiombe Lockhart on a bumpin soul cut with Ge-ology and Rich Medina adding their remix prowess to a joint featuring Jay Dee. Other album highlights include a Latin-fueled version of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (already garnering support from DJs worldwide) and a track with Detroit MC Invincible.

While the PPP moniker may be new to the scene, Waajeed is no stranger to those who know their hip-hop. Teaming up with hip hop production guru Jay Dee in the early 1990s, Waajeed helped form the trailblazing group Slum Village. He contributed tracks to Slum’s “Dirty District” compilation on Sequence / Kinetic in 2002 and recorded seven tracks (co-producing two) for the critically acclaimed “Trinity (Past, Present, and Future)” released on Capitol in 2002 – including production credits on “La La” and the dub-influenced club banger “Star.” He worked with Jay Dee co-producing tunes on the instant classic, “Welcome 2 Detroit” released on BBE in 2001 and co-produced songs with Detroit soul sensation Dwelle. Waajeed’s production work was also featured in MGM’s box-office hit, Barbershop 1. His label, Bling 47, provided the launching pad for “The Official Jay Dee Instrumental Series,” regarded in many circles as an underground classic, and the first installment of his own instrumental series, “BPM.” Bling 47 productions have even wound up on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming slot.

Waajeed, a self-taught musician who feels right at home in front of his MPC 2000, is known for his gritty Detroit hip hop style. Whereas Saadiq, a master keyboard and guitar player, brought up under the tutelage of world-renowned songwriter Barrett Strong (most known for his work with Motown artist Marvin Gaye), brings the element of improvisational live instrumentation to PPP’s sound. Waajeed and Saadiq were introduced through their mutual friends, Slum Village, and the two joined forces musically at the turn of the millennium. Their partnership was formally launched on Ubiquity’s Rewind Vol.2 and continued to flourish behind the boards for acts including top-selling German group, ASD and Japan based DJ Mitsu’s album “The Awakening Remixes” on “Right Here,” featuring Dwele.

The album Platinum Pied PipersTriple P” (Ubiquity) is going to be released May 9, 2005.

FEEDBACK

“Wow! I listened to the album seven times in a row … I made 23 friends listen to the album 3 days straight … at gunpoint – I’m on the run. I will go to jail for PPP.” ?uestlove (The Roots)

“Real grown folk music, there’s no need for a fast forward button. This album is solid from start to finish.” J.Rocc (Beat Junkies, Power 106)

“This is honest-to-God real soul music” XLR8R

“Album of the month” Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1 Worldwide)

“Plugging the Detroit-flavored hip-hop … it’s an album full of soulful contributors, earthy production and surprising genre twists.” Los Angeles Times

“One of the most talked about artists of the year has been Waajeed and his Platinum Pied Pipers project … blending Detroit hip hop style with 21st Century soul flavor.” Fatbeats.com

“Progressive electric soul” Dazed & Confused

“Next 100 Artist” URB

“While [Waajeed] made hip-hop for the streets with his act Slum Village, he’s now making intergalactic soul with the Platinum Pied Pipers … the Triple P’s debut for Ubiquity has created a buzz in the air and a tremble on the dance floor” LA Weekly (Pick of the Week)

“The record to watch in the new year” Benji B (Deviation, Radio 1xtra)

“Waajeed’s polished production provides a perfect depth and suitable sparkle to this leading light collective.” Undercover

“Essential for fans of the Jay Dee / Slum Village dirty, hip hop soul vibe.” Keep On

“PPP is my fu@*%ing sh#*” King Britt (Fivesix Recordings)

“All I have to say is. OH MY WORD! Waajeed and crew keeps on doing it. What are they on? I need some of that.” Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic)

WATCH THE MAKING OF THE PPP ALBUM

Get a behind the scenes look at the making of Platinum Pied Pipers “Triple P” album. Beginning in the Bling 47 studio in downtown Detroit and following the band as they touch down in Los Angeles and New York. This short film features an all-Waajeed soundtrack, including snippets of the album, and in-studio appearances from Derf Reklaw and Steve Spacek.

Click Here to view the video in Windows Media format.

Click Here to view the video in Real Media format.

Video created by Nathan Israel.

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