DJ Kemit at Dharma Lounge tonight (9/8/2012)
DJ KEMIT Having worked his magic for acts ranging from Arrested Development to India.Arie, DJ Kemit (do not say Kermit) is a quintessentially ATLien exponent of contemporary soul. Warm acoustic guitars? Check. A little house-style swagger? Check. Shades of early-’70s jazzy soul production, like the speaker-panning and buzzy bass you hear on old Stevie Wonder records? Check. Multicultural fusions such as hypnotic African instrumentation and lilting Caribbean rhythms? Check. A positive, good-vibes outlook? Check. Kemit’s wide-ranging new album, Everlasting — featuring a string of guest singers, from veterans such as Carl McIntosh of ’80s Brit R&B group Loose Ends to relative newcomers like Seattle neo-soulstress Choklate — can be hit or miss. But sound-wise, it’s a consistently engaging jaunt, and a few of the tracks are outstanding: Choklate’s sublime ballad “Releasing”; the rubbery, Brazilian-rooted groove of “Things Everlasting”; the kalimba-fueled soul that envelops Eric Roberson’s smooth tenor on “Fortune Teller” (not the Allen Toussaint classic). The Su Casa folks are bringing Kemit to town for a “listening lounge” event — that is, an unveiling of the new album from 9 to 10 p.m., after which Kemit will spin for the booty-shaking masses until the wee hours of morning. $10-$15. Sept. 8, 9 p.m. Su Casa at Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. 704-334-8336.