In the late 90s the underground label counterflow released a couple of nice indy 12”s, some were good some not mentionable. But out of nowhere came Plantlife in ’04, consisting of Jack Splash and Panda One (plus Dena Deadly and DJ Rashida).
Decent crispy beats, funked out to the fullest, sweet and soulful. Even Giles Peterson went nuts. The second LP came out ’08, was cool though, but didn’t reach the strong debut in my opinion - or was it just the lack of vinyl singles?
Jack Splash was arguably the strongest member. He later produced heavyweights like Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, R. Kelly and my men Raheem DeVaughn and Anthony Hamilton. I read something about him being in the studio with Estelle, John Legend, Jamie Foxx and them. And he got signed signed to J! Records last year, hopefully his LP to come out there which features guys like Lupe, Missy and T-Pain will ever come out. The first single “I could have loved you” feat. Missy and Jazmine is my sh*t. A Cee-Lo & Jack Splash album is also in the making. Can’t wait to hear that, too.
In the meantime, check his latest mixtape-album “The King Of Beats I“. Good stuff. Here (via Bandcamp).
I dug out two of my old fav’s from him. One ist the Jack Splash-produced first single from Dena Deadly “1608“, crispyness, pure and uncut. The other one the MASSIVE remix of “When She Smiles..” from 4Hero. Sunshine music.