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Posted By: Color Red , Polyrhythmics
Thu, Sep 29, 2022

Libra Stripes (Full Album - 2022 Remaster)

By: Polyrhythmics


Controlled Composition: AFA Publishing

Musical Style: Psychedelic Funk

Album Description: This is a funk record. Multiple-horns, multiple rhythms, and multiple players. This album is a straight-up instrumental attack, where the only voice you hear is the collective force of these eight players hitting all original cuts live and off the floor. Polyrhythmics are not trying to emulate or recreate something that has already been done. This is not “retro,” or “throwback;” this is music being made together, today in The Now. The raw, fresh and genuine sounds captured on Libra Stripes are an instrumental testament to the universal groove and appeal of funk and afrobeat music.

Color Red is proud to release the 2022 remaster of this monumental album. 

Posted By: Color Red , Photon
Mon, Oct 03, 2022

Stranger Woogs

By: Photon


Musical Style: Electronica, Electro House, Dance, Jazz House, Jazz Fusion

Musical Influences: The New Deal, Herbie Hancock, Thundercat, Chick Corea, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Return to Forever, Boards of Canada, Al Dimeola

Music Inspiration: This was one of the first songs I ever wrote for the project that occurred during the days when Neal and I were in Yamn. At one point our bassist Dewey said "Let's just break it down into keys and drums." This bass line came out of me almost without thought and became a platform for what the song was to become. The line stuck with me for a long time and through harmonizing the melodies, developing breaks and bridges, the track evolved easily with little to no effort. / After writing Chickens in Space part 1, I knew there had to be a part 2 and I also knew that playing live drum and bass isn't something that I have encountered often in the live scene. This was definitely some territory that I really wanted to explore with the fellas. Thematically it partially recalls Part 1 in the opening sections and akin to part 1, the whole song is written around the bass parts and melodies. Creating melodies for myself and Dan to hold down while Fro can blow over them is always something I'm keeping in mind while writing for this trio, and that is how we decided to end this chicken space narrative. / After watching Stranger Things for the 1st time, my brain forgot how much I loved 80's style synth and production etc. I started dialing up old patches that I hadn't used in forever on my various old boards and found that the tones themselves were playing the melody for me. I just had to create some pretty chords and have simple voice leading melodies to allow this song to shine. Throwing in a typical Pink Floyd style breakdown in the middle with some fun rhythmic interchange and the song wrote itself. This was so fun to write and I remember playing it over and over for myself for weeks as I was coming up with the melody. Thank you DnD and the 80's :) , After writing Stranger Woogs Part 1, I saw that the theme was mostly happy and dreamy, more on the major-key side of the fence. In referencing Stranger Things' "upside down" and Never Ending Story's "The Nothing", I knew I wanted to put some darker ideas into this environment along with some more complicated sections of melody, improvisation and trio interplay. Interweaving major and minor keys throughout the melody, I was definitely thinking about the "upside down" and how hard it would be to find some sort of solid ground in such a turbulent existence. "The Nothing" was a huge influential concept in the middle of the song as well, creating tension and release in the melody as well as during the keyboards trading solos with each other. I definitely had Al Dimeola and Chick Corea in mind and how they always would trade solos together in Return to Forever. On this track, during the improv section, I decided to do just that, but with myself.   

Artist Statement: As I started showing this track to local musicians, immediately everybody was digging it and I was kinda wondering how I should shape the arc of the song and how to make it fun, bouncy, dancey and still have some serious intent within it. I remember while playing with the filters and delay settings and creating the harmonies, that I felt like: "Man if we sent a group of chickens up in space to just hang out and experience what that whole thing is about, this might be how they'd be talking to each other." Being that this is part one I also thought that this could be what the chickens themselves could be raging to as the rocket takes off from earth, going from the dance party to breaking through the atmosphere into the ether of space itself. / I met LTJ Bukem in my Philly days and he always was one of my faves, he was a cat that you knew you could just hit play on any of his tracks and know it was gonna be fire. The first section is my homage to him. I tried to take an LTJ approach to the opening of the track and segue it with something that Thundercat might appreciate. In this song we let the chickens run wild over the haunting themes and allow them to have all the freedom they want to cause a ruckus throughout their space journey. Just imagine all those feathers floating in zero gravity after having an epic dance party, that's some funny shit. / This is our contribution to the 80's style vibes and sounds. It's fun to apply live playing, vintage sounds and heavy improvisation in such a retro environment. I want the listener to feel like they're getting to experience the Never Ending Story that actually allows for improvisation and rhythmic engagement while maintaining the innocent ambient Tale that is the 80s. / This track is way more serious and heavier compared to Stranger Woogs part 1. There are a multitude of sections that try to create an awareness that recalls: All is not always well. The idea being that there can exist a duality where pain and sorrow and suffering can coexist with the joy and curiosity of exploring new worlds and mysterious places. It's one of our hardest songs and one of the most fun to play. We hope you dig it.

Posted By: Color Red
Thu, Sep 01, 2022

Exit Music

By: The Filthy Six


Controlled Composition: AFA Publishing

Musical Style: 
60's Soul Jazz, 70's soul jazz, Acid jazz, Brazilian, Bossa Nova, Chill-Out Jazz, Latin jazz, Modal jazz, West Coast jazz

Musical Influences: Herbie Hancock, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Smith, Dr Lonnie Smith, Ronnie Foster, Grant Green, El Michels Affair, Horace Silver, Chico Mann, Cymande, Donald Byrd, Ramsey Lewis, Feddie Hubbard, Herbie Mann, Mongo Santamaria, Blue Note Records

Music Inspiration: This was a tune written at the end of a relationship in the depths of winter. It's essentially a break up track, the minor A section conveying the dark and heavy emotions of the moment, the contrasting major B section the understanding that better times will come. The bossa feel seemed ironically appropriate given that it was mid-December in London, staring down the barrel of one of the longest and coldest winters the UK would see in some time. The summer sun seemed a million miles away.

Artist Statement: I think we did this in one take! We played around the groove for a little while getting things settled and off we went. The laid back A section sat right in and the little change in gear for the B section worked just right each time. Pete's understated, moody organ solo set things up perfectly for me to build up through my two choruses of flugelhorn and it was sizzling along nicely by the end! We had that early 70s West Coast vibe in mind while approaching this one and were pleased with how it came out, both sonically and performance wise.

Track Description: This was a tune written at the end of a relationship in the depths of winter. It's essentially a break up track, the minor A section conveying the dark and heavy emotions of the moment, the contrasting major B section the understanding that better times will come. The bossa feel seemed ironically appropriate given that it was mid-December in London, staring down the barrel of one of the longest and coldest winters in some time. The summer sun seemed a million miles away. But now here we are, cruising down the ocean road, roof top down, warm air blowing in off the water as we soak up every last ray of sunshine from the cloudless sky. Enjoying fully these end days of summer before watching them slowly disappear once more into the rear view mirror... (until next year…)

Posted By: Color Red , Telmo Fernandez & The Latin Soul Beat
Thu, Sep 08, 2022

Cuchifrito Pa' Los Pollos

By: Telmo Fernandez & The Latin Soul Beat


Controlled Composition: Telmo Fidel Fernandez Hevia

Musical Style: 
Latin, Jazz

Posted By: Color Red , Jyemo Club
Thu, Aug 25, 2022

EPocha

By: Jyemo Club


Controlled Composition: AFA Publishing

Musical Style: Reggae, Latin pop, Rock, Reggaeton, Dancehall

Musical Influences: Damian Marley, Chronixx, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, Peter Tosh, Lucky Dube, Midnite, Chronixx, Calle 13, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Ivy Queen, Cultura Profetica, Dread Mar I, Mortimer, Steel Pulse, Iron Maiden

Music Inspiration(s): Modern dancehall style is the inspiration... Just wanted to write a melodic reggae-inspired tune with a positive message... Was feeling like a straight, heavy, hypnotic dub groove would match well with a meditative lyric... I love the reggaeton rhythm. However, the lyrical content is often on the shallow side. Thought it would be nice to put out a reggaeton that had kind of a dancehall/reggae lyric vibe... Reggae en español is a popular genre throughout Latin America. Something Jyemo Club touches on already.... Wanted to mix a pop rock quasi-reggae beat with some epic metal guitars and some cumbia.

Lyrics Inspiration(s): Overcoming obstacles big and small. Learning from your ancestors to take you forward... Just catching that moment after waking up in the morning. Giving thanks and gratitude to start the day... In the depths of the first covid lockdown, I wrote this song in a desperate place, when you can't see a way out of the despair around you. Luckily, there's a light at the end of the tunnel... A pure love song... Just thinking how nice it would be to duck out and watch the madness of modern-day life from afar. Like, from really afar.

Artist Statement(s): Modern dancehall style is the inspiration. Overcoming obstacles big and small. Learning from your ancestors to take you forward. Special guests The Reminders shine bright as always... A melodic reggae-inspired tune with a positive message. Just catching that moment after waking up in the morning. Giving thanks and gratitude to start the day... In the depths of the first covid lockdown, I wrote this song in a desperate place, when you can't see a way out of the despair around you. Luckily, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Slow & heavy drums & bass with a meditative lyric... Special guest appearance by Xhuitezcatl. Here's a bilingual Reggaeton styled for the dancehall or a march in the streets... Modern roots reggae ballad sung in Spanish... Hard rock and cumbia collide in this epic observation of modern life from the perspective of Watching From The Moon.

Posted By: Color Red , Manycolors
Thu, Sep 08, 2022

Like You Do

By: Manycolors


Controlled Composition: AFA Publishing

Musical Style: 
Chill-hop, Ambient

Musical Influences: Moonchild

Music Inspiration: The music is a combination of two 2 bar loops and is a reflection of my sampling and beat making hobby. It's a bit meta sampling my own band but I liked the idea of it. To me, the music sounds like a hazy melancholy that was 2020.

Lyrics Inspiration: Lyrics were written in the middle of the pandemic, so they are a bit depressing. It started without a main theme but ended up sounding like a breakup song. It's kind a melancholy drizzle about an old lover and the old way of life leaving (ie 2020) and just feeling numb.

Artist Statement: This was a jam the band did after our first session in 2018 at CRED to finish out the tape, we had like 10 minutes left or something. I then took the track and looped it (main section is only 2 bars and the second section is another 2 bars). Then I added some piano and vocals to it with the help of Halle.

Posted By: Color Red , Object Heavy
Thu, Aug 25, 2022

Righteous Walk

By: Object Heavy


Controlled Composition: AFA Publishing, One Funky Irishmen Music

Musical Style: 
Soul/R&B/Funk, 70's Heavy Funk, 70's Soul

Musical Influences: Funkadelic, Parliament Funkadelic, Zapp & Roger, Michael Jackson

Artist Statement: Inspired heavily by the 70's funk classic Chocolate City by Parliament Funkadelic, an upbeat tune that gives off the feeling of being unstoppable.

Lyrics Inspiration: The lyrics drew inspiration from the music, we wanted to communicate that feeling that everything's going your way, and nothing can bring you down.

Posted By: Eleven Music , Color Red , The New Mastersounds , Eddie Roberts
Thu, Aug 25, 2022

Watchu Want

By: The New Mastersounds


Controlled Composition: AFA Publishing, Sentric Music Limited

Musical Style: 
Instrumental Funk

Musical Influences: The Meters

Artist Statement: Watchu Want was the first tune written for the new NMS album and happens to be the first track on the album. On every studio album to date, the band has a tradition of opening with an instrumental 'Meters' inspired track. The Meters were the main influence of the sound of the band back at its start in '99, and with each album sees a homage to the great NoLa band. The title of the track asks the listener "after 2 years of lockdown, what are you wanting for? Because we've got a lot to give!"

Posted By: Color Red , Electric Beethoven
Thu, Aug 18, 2022

New Path

By: Electric Beethoven


Controlled Composition: AFA Publishing

Musical Style: 
Cinematic, Jazz, Classical crossover

Musical Influences: Khruangbin, Jimi Hendrix, Snarky Puppy, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Thundercat, Medeski Martin and Wood

Musical Inspiration: There's a scene in that movie where a young Gary Oldman is playing Beethoven, during the surreal chapter in his life where he was experiencing deafness, but still hadn't told anyone, and was pretending it wasn't happening (reading lips, etc.....). Faking, essentially. But then someone leaves him alone in a concert hall with some new prototype piano design, and he puts his ear down against the wood, and plays this super quiet, lost-innocence kind of melody. It always haunted me. I remember picking it out by ear on the piano before ever looking at the actual score. Piano Sonata #8, 2nd mvmt. It's one of my favorite melodies in all of Beethoven. Our version takes it out to a country church, the organ reverberating out across the lake, frogs chirping, sun settling.

Artist Statement: There's a scene in that movie where a young Gary Oldman is playing Beethoven, during the surreal chapter in his life where he was experiencing deafness, but still hadn't told anyone, and was pretending it wasn't happening (reading lips, etc.....). Faking, essentially. But then someone leaves him alone in a concert hall with some new prototype piano design, and he puts his ear down against the wood, and plays this super quiet, lost-innocence kind of melody. It always haunted me. I remember picking it out by ear on the piano before ever looking at the actual score. Piano Sonata #8, 2nd mvmt. It's one of my favorite melodies in all of Beethoven. Our version takes it out to a country church, the organ reverberating out across the lake, frogs chirping, sun settling.

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