Modern Vintage is the new collaboration album from veteran emcee John Robinson (aka Lil Sci of world renown
Hip-Hop group Scienz Of Life) and prolific drummer, composer, producer and band-leader Pat Van Dkye (aka PVD).
John Robinson and PVD originally met at a show in 2008 and since then their chemistry has grown organically and has
developed into the duo performing many formal shows together at venues like SOB’s, Blue Note NYC, LPR and others
around the NY-NJ Tristate area.
Modern Vintage spells out the approach in which this album was made from front to back: The music was composed
with a combination of modern technology software mixed with vintage synths and outboard gear, all blended
seamlessly with live instrumentation being the foundation. The lyrics and concepts were all spontaneously crafted in
the studio, session by session, by letting the soundscapes speak to the lyricist similar to how vintage recordings of the
60’s & 70’s were created.
“I took a much more structured songwriting approach to the lyrics on this album; my goal from the beginning of making
this record was to take advantage of the fact that I am working with PVD- a composer/musician and not just a beat
maker/producer, which definitely makes this record different from my other releases. This one is for all the true music
lovers worldwide” says John Robinson.
PVD states “making this record was a dream come true. From the very first session, we set out to craft quality songs
that capture a cohesive vibe and feel good. In many cases, JR was writing to merely a sketch of what actually ended
up on the record. It felt great to work with an artist who trusted me enough to lend his talents to the music not knowing
where I would take it sonically. Live drums, keys, guitars, horns, and synths give this record a distinctly human feel that
is present in all of my favorite records, old and new. A modern-day true Hip-Hop record, grounded firmly in the traditions
of jazz, funk, and soul music.”