Leroy Hutson Special
In this episode of Sound Obsession, Kirk gives it up for one of soul music’s best kept secrets. After being drawn to the stage at an early age, Leroy Hutson spent his college years at Howard University sharing a dorm room with Donny Hathaway and hanging out with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Roberta Flack or Phylicia Rashad. His initial aspirations of becoming a dentist fell away when he replaced Curtis Mayfield as the lead singer of The Impressions in 1971. Two years after, Leroy focused on his own solo career, recording several albums for Mayfield’s Curtom records until the early 80s. Just recently, Leroy Hutson got back to recording that sweet 70s soul sound. Kirk guides us through some of Mr. Hutson’s most beloved pieces.
London United Kingdom
Mr Degiorgio takes your favourite musical heroes and puts their discographies to the acid test. This time with a special on Leroy Hutson.
In a career spanning over two decades, _(artist-name)Kirk Degiorgio_ has earned the tag of ‘the producers producer’. From his humble beginnings in 1983 as an electro DJ to his As One productions for Clear, Mo’ Wax and Ubiquity, Degiorgio has remained true to his love of everything soulful, edgy and funky. Inspired by a vinyl buying visit to Chicago and Detroit in 1990 Kirk sold all his records and put together ART Studios in the model of those he saw at Transmat and Metroplex. Kirk fused his vision of the Detroit sound with funk and jazz influences resulting in a succession of projects under the names _(artist-name)Future/Past_, _(artist-name)As One_, _(artist-name)Offworld_, _(artist-name)Esoterik_, _(artist-name)Elegy_ and _(artist-name)Super-A-Loof_, as well as his actual name for his purist techno releases on the New Religion label. He has remixed artists as varied as _(artist-name)Azymuth_, _(artist-name)Coldcut_, _(artist-name)4 Hero_, _(artist-name)Innerzone Orchestra_, _(artist-name)Papo Vasquez_ and many more. His collaborations include work with visionaries like _(artist-name)Ian O'Brien_, _(artist-name)Tony Allen_, _(artist-name)Carl Craig_, and _(artist-name)Paul Randolph_. From 1992 until 1997 Kirk’s ART/OpArt labels released important early productions from _(artist-name)B12_, _(artist-name)Carl Craig_, _(artist-name)Aphex Twin_, _(artist-name)The Black Dog_, _(artist-name)Photek_ and others. Kirk has also worked as producer, writer, and backing singer for the band _(artist-name)The Beauty Room_.