Napoleon Cherry - Walk Alone LP

(Music From Memory, 2015)


"The subject of Music From Memory's latest compilation release is the elusive and mysterious Philadelphian musician Napoleon Cherry (aka Cool Waters). In the late 80's and early 90's Cherry privately released two LPs and an EP which form the basis of this retrospective. 

Recorded with a very DIY aesthetic and a strong presence of gospel and RnB, Cherry's unique take on soul and funk music reflect a rawness that stands in contrast to the slick, over-produced soul of that era. Napoleon's music seems to defy any clear categorization. From cocktail jazz funk to intergalactic synth workouts to melancholy bedroom soul, Napoleon's use of synths and drum computers, though perhaps unknowingly, also seem to strongly echo early elements of house music."