Coming out of New York, the music collective Loud Apartment released their new album, New Future, on November 10. Since then, I have been listening to it daily; that’s five days ago for those who are counting.
Loud Apartment is a fusion band fronted by Nevaris A.C., featured on keyboards, percussion and vocals on this new musical excursion. NYC’s musical melting pot also provided some golden nuggets of musicians, Bill Laswell on bass, turntablist DJ Logic, multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum (flute/sax), guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Location. The album also features a guest performance by Garrison Hawk.
This new album presents the sound of New York Fusion – a blend of sounds that have funk as a core ingredient. Primarily influenced by music from the ’70s and early ’80s, this is actually a modern sound that pays respect to the tune of New York. For this release, Bill Laswell created three Dub mixes from the tracks, designed as the second side of the vinyl pressing. These mixes create a sonic landscape reflecting on the themes of ‘Technology,’ ‘Rebellion,’ and ‘Rhythm and Rhyme.’
“The album looks to the future with hope but not in a naive way. There’s a lot of trouble in the world right now, especially with regards to the environment and human rights. It’s an urgent plea for radical change and a different world.” Nevaris A.C. tells us, “As the lyrics read, “technological revolution can bring solutions/innovation creation no degradation no pollution / too much exploitation from the governments and corporations/privacy invasion intrusion and manipulation.”
Loud Apartment manages to take the influences of funk, soul, rock, reggae, dub and hip hop, and the experience of growing up on the old upper west side listening to everything from Parliament-Funkadelic to Miles Davis. From Santana to Gil Scott Heron, Mongo Santamaria and Ray Barretto. Loud Apartment toss these influences together, and it comes out as a New Future.
Bill Laswell mixed and produced New Future, engineered by James Dellatacoma and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper. All of this comes together as a beautiful listening experience. I recommend a good set of over-the-ear headphones or a listening room with more prominent speakers that have room to breathe. No matter what your listening preference, this album will delight you with its blend of music styles and a vision of where music is heading, a New Future.
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