Amerigo Gazaway teases a Stevie Wonder-Common ‘Soul Mates’ project with a new single, “The Sixth Superstition.”

Amerigo Gazaway is getting good at this “Soul Mates” thing.

The Tennessee-hailing DJ and producer, like most fans of music, liked mashups but felt they were still missing something. What Gazaway was interested in instead, was putting together tracks in a way that sounded like the artists were actually recording them together. He’d tinkered with the idea before: back in 2011, Amerigo debuted ‘Fela Soul,’ where he blended De La Soul and Fela Kuti records.

That was the spirit behind ‘Yasiin Gaye,’ Gazaway’s debut ‘Soul Mates’ project that combined sounds both familiar and lesser-known from Yasiin Bey (the former Mos Def) and the belated Marvin Gaye. Gazaway would follow that up with more Yasiin Gaye on ‘The Return.’ Then, in 2015, Gazaway would marry the blues of B.B. King with the southern-fried country rap tunes of UGK on ‘The Trill is Gone.’

Gazaway is now at work on the third installment in his ‘Soul Mates’ series. Entitled ‘A Common Wonder,’ the project marks a slight departure from Amerigo’s usual M.O.: ‘Soul Mates’ functions on “collaborations that never were” – yet Motown legend Stevie Wonder and hip-hop emcee Common HAVE worked together before, on the latter’s ‘Black America Again’ LP. Still, Gazaway was fascinated by the idea of creating an “imagined studio session” of records between the two.

“Stevie Wonder’s early use of synthesizers, drum machines, and samplers, in a lot of ways, paved the way for hip-hop and sampling,” Gazaway said. “Part of my motivation for this project was to highlight that.” In addition to the music itself, Gazaway will interweave instrument stems, interview audio, and documentary soundbites on the project, to further create the illusion of a shared studio session between the artists.

“The Sixth Superstition,” the first single from ‘A Common Wonder’ released on Tuesday, gives listeners an idea of the kinds of possibilities and directions Gazaway can work with. Common’s verses seamlessly bop and weave between the funky keys, drums and horns. Meanwhile, Stevie Wonder’s vocals, lifted from the timeless “Superstition” cut, venture into hip-hop soul alongside record scratches. It’s four-and-a-half minutes of half funk-rap, half hip-hop soul, with Gazaway as the conductor.

Take a listen to Amerigo Gazaway’s “The Sixth Superstition” blend of Common and Stevie Wonder for yourself down below and download it completely for the free here. Gazaway’s ‘A Common Wonder’ project is expected to release sooner than later.

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