The first half of 2021 was quiet for me on the release front (sans Concussion Percussion digital release) and heavy on press and creating. Now it’s time to let some music do the talking. If you choose to sit out the grand reopening a bit longer and want to sit at home making music, I’ve got you covered with Concussion Percussion on wax. But if you’re ready to be back out there, my two bands got your soundtrack for that as well! Here’s three releases on deck for the summer months. (All of these will be available in the “merch sto” aka my Bandcamp):
The Zone Identity: “Knight Rider” b/w J-Zone: “9 Breaks” (Fraternity Music Group / Counterpart) – 7″ single
This release is a bit of an oddity, but it’s a very funky one! The Zone Identity is my outlet to play behind different musicians. The first two releases were in the soul-jazz vein but this one is an ultra-funked out cover of the ‘80s classic Knight Rider theme song featuring the incomparable Buscrates on keys. Mixed and mastered by Ed Littman. Always loved that theme song and show but we per-cussed it out a bit and put some grease on it. The b-side is last year’s “9 Breaks” video routine that I came up with in pandemic boredom. There was some demand to put it on wax and it’s kind of a drum solo so that’s why it’s credited to me and not the band.
Release Date: June 4
The Du-Rites: “The Sun” (Feat. Elson Nascimento of Sun Ra Arkestra) (Old Maid Entertainment / Ilegalia Records) – Digital Single
What happens when Sun Ra Arkestra percussionist Elson Nascimento unknowingly shows up to The Du-Rites’ recording session unannounced for something unrelated? Our new single, “The Sun,” that’s what!
The veteran percussionist was looking for Pablo Martin to record a quick idea, percussion rig in tow. Pablo obliged – and got Nascimento to lay down some deep growl Surdo on the then untitled new Du-Rites tune we’d been working on. The result is three minutes of cosmic, deep instrumental funk, And the best part? The session coincidentally took place on Sun Ra’s 107th birthday! A taste of what’s to come from The Du-Rites 6th release, Pressure, dropping this fall.
Release Date: July 2
J-Zone: Concussion Percussion (ReDefinition Records / Old Maid Entertainment) – Vinyl LP
“33 KOs at 33RPM!”
Concussion Percussion vinyl currently finishing up manufacturing. No exact release date yet but July looks like the jam. Will start pre-order on my Bandcamp and have some promotions within the next month or so. White color vinyl with bonus cuts not on digital version and special commentary from Lord Finesse, John Wicks and Marco Polo. The ultimate breakbeat record! Stay tuned.
Release Date: July (Day TBA)