On Put Your Dukes Up, Gravity Movement has assembled twelve soulful beats influenced by one of his main musical inspirations; George Duke. Progressive Moog arrangements provide much of the sample material, while the North Carolina-based producer also adds audio clips from Duke’s interviews to create a cohesive EP that serves as a fitting tribute to the late fusion pioneer. Soundcheck starts off hype as a classic break bounces off rowdy M.O.P chants, Run The Spot stacks Run DMC scratches over neat loops, and Jay Dee’s eternal influence surfaces through SV samples on the Redman-driven bump of Say It With Me.
The knockout one-two combo of Write and Gravitas bring a calming influence through mellow synth melodies and funky bass lines looped under recurring vocals; while The Son‘s memorable use of a simple hook offers a nice interlude before the heady blend of astral synths and funky percussion George favoured lends itself to Aura‘s neck-snapping snares. Lauryn Hill’s Delfonics-inspired hook on Nas’s Trackmasters anthem If I Ruled The World gets an atmospheric update on Imagine That, before descending keys slip and slide throughout Pre Flight, and the slow-burning, jazz voyage of Soulva Nova makes for yet another highlight.