Let’s be honest, Terrace Martin has been killing it with the steady release of material from his upcoming LP Velvet Portraits. We’ve jammed to tracks like “Valdez Off Crenshaw,” “Think Of You,” “Patiently Waiting” and the recent “Tribe Called West” without shame and we’re anxious to hear the album in its entirety. But before we do that, Terrace is giving us one more jam to make the short wait seem even longer. He’s teamed up with Flint’s own Tone Trezure for a throwback to the soul of the late ’60s and early ’70s with “Push.”
“Push” finds Terrace and Tone mining the soundscape that late producer Norman Whitfield created with The Temptations. In fact, from the onset of the track, things feel more than a bit similar to Temptation’s hit “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” — right down to the hits of bass and horn stabs that punctuate Tone’s verses. However, the song expands upon the aesthetic even more, incorporating organ, rhythm guitar, tambourine, even more horns for an energetic, invigorating burst on the chorus. And Tone’s unique voice, which is adaptable to just about any genre or style she chooses, is the perfect addition the song, evoking the moment so authentically that you might just think this one was found in Whitfield’s vault. And of course, Terrace’s sax moment on the track is just the cherry on top.
While it may seem like a short eternity at this point, we’re actually only two days away from the arrival of Velvet Portraits, which will arrive April 1st — as in this Friday. Check out Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 Radio world premiere of the track below and start making room in your collection now.