Interesting production intrigues from the outset as Reggie Thompson paints a creative new sound with this deep-house, nu-jazz crossover.
Featuring an immediately warm, echoing rhythm, alongside dashes of horn and lighter Glock-style melodies, the music has an instant sense of creative freedom and identity to it.
The title is quickly reinforced by the brightness, optimism and indeed freedom of the sound. Thompson exercises a somewhat retro yet unique approach to production, and this allows the track to blur the lines between genres and simply offer an artistic hit of escapism that shows no need for labels.
Striking a fine balance between uninhibited artistry and the professional, accessible elements of mainstream music, Freedom manages to be unexpected yet recognisable as it makes its way through a somewhat humble, sub-four-minute lifespan.
The instrumental has a minimalist set-up, a select few layers, but each one adds a clear sense of character to the track – meaning there are more than a few moments of riff and sound-design that prove easy to pinpoint once you’ve heard them. Nicely done.