Electronic Musician (April 2012)

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On my computer and my phone, I’ve got playlists: I might have an xx track, MGMT, Led Zep’s ‘Ramble On,’ a Madonna track, all in one playlist. It’s what makes me feel good. And because we were listening to music in that way, we realized that we had to make an album that sounds like a playlist. And that excited us—all of a sudden it was like at the beginning again: ‘We need to be in a band. ’ And that’s where this record started. It’s not easy to do, because you’re punkin’ out on ‘Give It Back’ and then you’re doing an R&B kind of feel on ‘Day to Day,’ or a sort of Nancy Sinatra feel on ‘One by One,’ and you have to get yourself in that mood each time you write and record.

It’s easier if I mic each cymbal. I use KM 84s again; I aim one at the bell for the ride cymbal, about a foot-and-a-half off. He has a spiral cymbal that hangs down three feet. I put the mic somewhere in the middle so it will pick up the vibration of the whole thing. ” Black Radio is the sound of modern R&B, subtle electronica, and the harmonics of jazz as filtered through Glasper’s unique worldview. Old-school meets new-school with a righteous bump in-between. “Robert and I didn’t have to over-discuss the sound of the album, because we both love jazz and we both grew up in the hip-hop era, so our sonic sensibilities are in sync,” Lewis confirms.

If I have something in my life that doesn’t have a label, it’s the music we play. ” n More Online Read interview outtakes and extras. 2012 LISTEN playlist Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars Radio Salone cumbancha radio salone feels like everything good about radio (still a strong influence in African musical culture)…the excitement of being glued to the dial waiting for what they’re bringing next, with fresh-familiar references—reggae, tenory soukous guitar, West African majesty—and that thing that makes this everyone’s music.

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