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The ‘New Future’ LP was released on December 10
10 November 2021
NYC’s Loud Apartment presents ‘Technology’, first offering from Bill Laswell-produced ‘New Future’ LP
FOR FANS OF: Method of Defiance, Project Logic, Freelance Subversives, Revelator, Hieroglyphics, Bernie Worrell, Cameo
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“A proper and much-welcome dose of sanguinity much-needed… highly vibrant sonic excellence that expounds the human possibility for expansion and evolution” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Music with a conscience… Here amongst the loose funk grooves, jazz-infused improvisations, the soul sass and the reggae rhythms there is a whole manifesto” ~ Second Scene Magazine
“Worthy of your time and thought-space… music that will have you grooving and missing NYC’s bohemian fusion scene, even if you’ve never experienced it first hand” ~ The Noise Journal
“Quasi mesh of funk and beat combine in a glorious mix of original indie… quiet thunder that gently strikes in your head enough to resonate and reverberate. This is a revolution” ~ Jammerzine
“Flowing funk from the streets of New York City… There’s so much soul in there, do much flow, so much “now,” so much everything and all pin-point right, so full of beauty” ~ The Organ Magazine
“A groove-filled exploration of the power of music to bring everyone together and remind us of what is important, along with society’s mishaps… perhaps the most democratic human-spirit loving song about technology itself” ~ Amplify Music Magazine
NYC-based funk art collective Loud Apartment have released their ‘New Future’ album, their third long-player, produced by legendary bassist / producer Bill Laswell and also featuring a guest performance by Garrison Hawk, long-term collaborator of Tricky and Sly & Robbie, among other notable artists. Ahead of that, Loud Apartment presented the lead track ‘Technology.’
This new album presents the sound of New York Fusion – a blend of sounds that have Funk as a core ingredient. Largely influenced by music from the ’70s and early ’80s, this is actually a modern sound that pays respect to the music of New York. For this release, Bill Laswell created three Dub mixes from the tracks, which were 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. A new future,” says Nevaris A.C.
“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.”
Formed by musician and technologist Nevaris A.C. (voice, percussion, keyboards), the band’s current lineup also includes Bill Laswell on bass, turntablist DJ Logic, multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum (flute/sax), guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Lockatron.
This new release follows the band’s aptly titled ‘System Breakdown’ LP, also produced by Bill Laswell and created at Orange Music in West Orange, New Jersey.
The band debuted in 2012 with their ‘Get Up Get Down’ LP, mixed by Bill Laswell and featuring Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), who also appeared with them for live performances at Galapagos Art Space, Drom and Public Assembly in NYC.
In 2019, Nevaris approached Bill Laswell about working with him and drummer Lockatron on new material. From the first time playing together in the studio, the new project took off.
Their unique NYC fusion of funk, soul and rock with Latin, reggae, dub and hip hop influences is inspired by growing up on the old Upper West Side. Influenced by such artists as Parliament-Funkadelic, Miles Davis, Santana, Gil Scott Heron, Mongo Santamaria and Ray Barretto, their sound embodies the intersection of culture that is New York City, loose enough to give room for improvisation and extended grooves.
As of November 10, ‘Technology’ is available via Bandcamp and is also being offered as an instant grat download upon ordering the full ‘New Future’ album. On December 10, this long-player was released digitally across platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
1. Rhythm and Rhyme
5. Dub Rhythm
6. Dub Technology
7. Dub Rebellion
Nevaris A.C.: voice, electric piano, hammond organ, congas, percussion
Bill Laswell: bass
DJ Logic: turntables
Will Bernard: guitar
Peter Apfelbaum: tenor saxophone, flute, melodica
Garrison Hawk: vocals on ‘Rebellion’ and ‘Dub Rebellion’
Produced by Bill Laswell
Created at Orange Music, West Orange, NJ
Engineered by James Dellatacoma
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtletone Studio, NYC
Cover Illustration by José Ortiz
All songs written by Nevaris and Bill Laswell except ‘Rebellion’ and ‘Dub Rebellion’
by Nevaris, Bill Laswell, and Garrison Hawk
Horn arrangements by Peter Apfelbaum.
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