The new EP by soul/gospel icon Mavis Staples entitled Your Good Fortune is now available. The four track record was produced by acclaimed young cross genre soul explorer Son Little utilizing modern cut and paste techniques to simultaneously honor and expand upon Staple’s rich musical legacy – forged both with her father Pops as part of The Staple Singers and as a Grammy winning solo artist. The new EP features two original Son Little compositions along with two re-envisioned classics, the Blind Lemon Jefferson composition “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” and the Pops “Roebuck” Staples-penned gospel classic “Wish I Had Answered” first recorded by The Staple Singers in 1963.
The songs on the EP deftly merge Staples’ powerful voice with Little’s talent for combining and reinterpreting different musical genres. The result are tracks perfectly retain Staples’ intense emotional delivery and key elements of gospel and blues, while adding contemporary sounds, most notably in the terse minimalist beats and deep bass tones.
“Mavis spent her whole life around a particular sound that I happen to love,” Little says. “And I didn’t want to mess with that. I wanted her to feel at home. The way I achieved that might be different than what people have done before, my approach to drums and bass, because what I do is informed by everything that has come after as well. At the end of the day it doesn’t make sense to redo something that’s already been done. You want to create something unique.”