‘The Garden’ is a deeply personal exploration of Ben Lamdin’s aka Nostalgia 77’s passion for 60’s and 70’s jazz, soul, funk, and Afrobeat.
Ben Lamdin’s creations range from heavy funk, to hip-hop based beats mixed with dusty old jazz, obscure funk, and psych bits and pieces.
Fusing live instrumentation with the expert beat programming, ‘The Garden’ features guest appearances by many of the musicians who would later join the Nostalgia 77 Octet.
These new directions lead Ben to a style he describes as “a combination of soul and jazz with computer based production techniques.” Coming from producing hip hop style beats he had always heard snippets of jazz tracks he loved, so the fuller musical expression of actually making his own jazz music was inevitable.
This album also includes Nostalgia 77’s first vocal track – an incendiary cover version of “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, starring none other than the talented Alice Russell.