Naughty Professor bassist Noah Young is gearing up to release his debut solo effort, Start The Reactor, on January 13. Recorded at New Orleans’ own Wild Child Studios, the album features seven new songs from the Best of the Beat Award-nominated musician.
We’re excited to offer a little taste of Start The Reactor with our premiere of the album’s second track, “Memory Lane.” The song finds Young teaming up with a solid lineup of New Orleans players that includes drummer Walter Lundy, guitarist Danny Abel, tenor saxophonist Brad Walker and the keyboard combo of Jason Butler and Sam Kuslan (whose interplay offers some of the track’s best moments).
The seamless blend of inspired jazz and instrumental funk on “Memory Lane” will be familiar to fans of Naughty Professor, yet distinct enough to warrant its own categorization. The tune keeps things cool as cucumber until the final minute, when the mood switches gears for a swirling crescendo.
Go on and give it a listen:
“Memory Lane” was engineered by Vince Winik and Young’s Naughty Professor bandmate Bill Daniel, who also mixed the track. The in-studio footage above was shot and edited by Camille Lenain and former OffBeat videographer and web specialist Noe Cugny.
Young will host an album release concert for Start The Reactor on Saturday, January 14 at the Blue Nile in New Orleans. He will be joined by supporting act Space & Harmony, a new side project from members of The Revivalists and Naughty Professor.