Following up a noteworthy first year of releases with Mndsgn, Low Leaf and Coultrain, the Fresh Selects label is excited to start 2015 off with their first project that will debut a new artist to the world for the first time. Dolphin is a prolific outsider artist based in Baltimore. He has written and recorded over 50 full-length albums over the past 10 years or so, and has never officially released a single one of them. Until now. To ease things into the barrage of music to come, he presents “Young Black Mind”, a 7 minute anthem that is as much autobiographical and specific as it is universal and ubiquitous.
As he does on all his songs, Dolphin wrote, produced, recorded & played all the instruments on the track himself (in this case being vocals, piano, strings, bass guitar, and the MPC for drums). “Young Black Mind” really has a pensive yet soulful vibe to it that reminds me of “Modern Marvel” by Mos Def. “Young Black Mind” serves as a strong introduction to an artist we definitely want to hear more music from.
You can stream Dolphin’s “Young Black Mind” below: