NYC-based funk art collective Loud Apartment presents their ‘New Future’ album, the band’s third long-player, produced by legendary bassist / producer Bill Laswell at Orange Music in West Orange, New Jersey.
Laswell also brings his legendary bass to Loud Apartment, which was formed by musician and technologist Nevaris A.C. (voice, percussion, keyboards). The band’s current lineup also includes turntablist DJ Logic, multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum (flute/sax), guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Lockatron.
Following up lead tracks ‘Technology’ and ‘Rebellion’, which features long-term Tricky and Sly & Robbie collaborator / alternative music-turned-dancehall icon Garrison Hawk, 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.
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.
The ‘New Future’ LP presents the sound of New York fusion, blending sounds that have funk as a core ingredient. Largely influenced by music from the ’70s and early ’80s, this sound pays respect to the music 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’.
This new release follows the band’s aptly titled ‘System Breakdown’ LP, also produced by Bill Laswell. 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 several NYC live performances. In 2019, Nevaris approached Bill Laswell about working with him and drummer Lockatron. From the first time playing together in the studio the new project took off.
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.