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Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek // New Future City Radio LP

Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek // New Future City Radio LP

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This is a collaborative record released in July 2023 by veteran jazz writers Damon Locks and Rob Mazurek from Chicago, USA, from Chicago's jazz den International Anthem.

Based on the concept of a pirate radio station, it contains 18 collage jazz hip-hop songs that develop seamlessly.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"New Future City Radio is the first duo collaboration of longtime creative partners Damon Locks and Rob Mazurek. A 40-minute, 18-song hyperactive suite that looks like a boombox mixtape, the duo's multi-disciplinary The talented multimedia artist ponders community, change and the future through the programmatic format of a pirate radio station for the masses.

The two artists have worked together from the height of the Chicago music scene in the late 2's/early 90's to the present day. and lead vocals on several acclaimed Exploding Star Orchestra (ESO) albums, released in 00 (Lightning Dreamers).In recent years, Locks has also achieved great fame with the revolutionary and sprawling late gospel/jazz project Black Monument Ensemble (BME), which has released two albums for IARC (2020's Where Future Unfolds” and 2023’s “NOW”). New Future City Radio blends the sounds of the two projects in a natural yet innovative way, with Locks' BME-style, sample-based sound collage featuring an Orson Welles-like signature cultivated during his time at ESO. Beneath the raw vocals, it creates a bed of composition, juxtaposed with the glitz of Mazurek's Roland SP and striking brass improvisations.

Sound and text-based themes are predetermined, but improvisation leads the journey.The music these two conceived can sound intense one moment, soft and transparent the next, and often somewhere in between. When asked about New Future City Radio, the duo exclaim in unison.Resilience and levitation.I'm talking to people about beauty and structural integrity.A ray of light that tells stories and educates.If you want to talk about a new future, let's talk about it! "

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more International Anthem releases available at Tobira. 

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Ask us for digital files. Edition of 555.

Tracklist:

  1. 5-4-3-2-1 00:22
  2. Yes!
  3. The Sun Returns 02:27
  4. Breeze Of Time 02:39
  5. Your Name Gonna Ring The Bell 01:07
  6. New Future 01:07
  7. 02:18
  8. The Concord Hour 05:08
  9. Future City 00:23
  10. 10mins Past The Hour 00:17
  11. Support The Youth (With Sound) 01:19
  12. The Beat 00:55
  13. Las Niñas Estan Escuchando (The Children Are Listening) 00:19
  14. Flitting Splits Reverb Adage 03:56
  15. Twilight Shimmer 09:53
  16. Suspense In The Grip Of Suspense 03:58
  17. Polaris Radio 01:10
  18. Drop 00:09

International Anthem:

"New Future City Radio is the first duo collaboration of longtime creative partners Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek. In a hyperactive 40-minute, 18-track suite that runs like a boombox mixtape, the two prolific multi-media artists contemplate community, transformation, and the future through the programmatic format of a pirate radio station for the people.

These two artists have worked together from the peak days of the late 90s / early 00s Chicago music scene up through the present day, which has seen Locks featured as lead vocalist of multiple critically-acclaimed Exploding Star Orchestra (ESO) albums composed/produced by Mazurek and released by International Anthem (IARC) in 2020 (Dimensional Stardust) and 2023 (Lightning Dreamers). In recent years, Locks has also earned great renown from his revolutionary, expansive latter-day gospel/jazz project Black Monument Ensemble (BME) , with which he's released two albums on IARC (2019's Where Future Unfolds and 2021's NOW). New Future City Radio finds the artists creating a natural but innovatively-assembled blend of the sounds of those two projects, with Locks's BME-style sample-based sound collage creating compositional beds underneath the signature Orson Welles-like vocal delivery he's developed through his work with ESO, alongside Roland SP flourishes and arresting brass improvisations by Mazurek.

Themes both sonic and text based were predetermined but improvisation leads the journey. The music these two have devised may sound hyper-charged one moment and gently transportive the next, and often somewhere in between. When asked about New Future City Radio the duo exclaim in one voice: "I'm talking post, post, post, future. I'm talking resilience and levitation. I'm talking beauty and structural integrity for my people. I'm talking light beams that tell stories and educate. Let's talk about that if you wanna talk new future!"

Artist: Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek

Label: Label: International Anthem

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This is a collaborative record released in July 2023 by veteran jazz writers Damon Locks and Rob Mazurek from Chicago, USA, from Chicago's jazz den International Anthem.

Based on the concept of a pirate radio station, it contains 18 collage jazz hip-hop songs that develop seamlessly.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"New Future City Radio is the first duo collaboration of longtime creative partners Damon Locks and Rob Mazurek. A 40-minute, 18-song hyperactive suite that looks like a boombox mixtape, the duo's multi-disciplinary The talented multimedia artist ponders community, change and the future through the programmatic format of a pirate radio station for the masses.

The two artists have worked together from the height of the Chicago music scene in the late 2's/early 90's to the present day. and lead vocals on several acclaimed Exploding Star Orchestra (ESO) albums, released in 00 (Lightning Dreamers).In recent years, Locks has also achieved great fame with the revolutionary and sprawling late gospel/jazz project Black Monument Ensemble (BME), which has released two albums for IARC (2020's Where Future Unfolds” and 2023’s “NOW”). New Future City Radio blends the sounds of the two projects in a natural yet innovative way, with Locks' BME-style, sample-based sound collage featuring an Orson Welles-like signature cultivated during his time at ESO. Beneath the raw vocals, it creates a bed of composition, juxtaposed with the glitz of Mazurek's Roland SP and striking brass improvisations.

Sound and text-based themes are predetermined, but improvisation leads the journey.The music these two conceived can sound intense one moment, soft and transparent the next, and often somewhere in between. When asked about New Future City Radio, the duo exclaim in unison.Resilience and levitation.I'm talking to people about beauty and structural integrity.A ray of light that tells stories and educates.If you want to talk about a new future, let's talk about it! "

Labels and other works Click here for more information. ///Click here to see more International Anthem releases available at Tobira. 

------------------------------

Ask us for digital files. Edition of 555.

Tracklist:

  1. 5-4-3-2-1 00:22
  2. Yes!
  3. The Sun Returns 02:27
  4. Breeze Of Time 02:39
  5. Your Name Gonna Ring The Bell 01:07
  6. New Future 01:07
  7. 02:18
  8. The Concord Hour 05:08
  9. Future City 00:23
  10. 10mins Past The Hour 00:17
  11. Support The Youth (With Sound) 01:19
  12. The Beat 00:55
  13. Las Niñas Estan Escuchando (The Children Are Listening) 00:19
  14. Flitting Splits Reverb Adage 03:56
  15. Twilight Shimmer 09:53
  16. Suspense In The Grip Of Suspense 03:58
  17. Polaris Radio 01:10
  18. Drop 00:09

International Anthem:

"New Future City Radio is the first duo collaboration of longtime creative partners Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek. In a hyperactive 40-minute, 18-track suite that runs like a boombox mixtape, the two prolific multi-media artists contemplate community, transformation, and the future through the programmatic format of a pirate radio station for the people.

These two artists have worked together from the peak days of the late 90s / early 00s Chicago music scene up through the present day, which has seen Locks featured as lead vocalist of multiple critically-acclaimed Exploding Star Orchestra (ESO) albums composed/produced by Mazurek and released by International Anthem (IARC) in 2020 (Dimensional Stardust) and 2023 (Lightning Dreamers). In recent years, Locks has also earned great renown from his revolutionary, expansive latter-day gospel/jazz project Black Monument Ensemble (BME) , with which he's released two albums on IARC (2019's Where Future Unfolds and 2021's NOW). New Future City Radio finds the artists creating a natural but innovatively-assembled blend of the sounds of those two projects, with Locks's BME-style sample-based sound collage creating compositional beds underneath the signature Orson Welles-like vocal delivery he's developed through his work with ESO, alongside Roland SP flourishes and arresting brass improvisations by Mazurek.

Themes both sonic and text based were predetermined but improvisation leads the journey. The music these two have devised may sound hyper-charged one moment and gently transportive the next, and often somewhere in between. When asked about New Future City Radio the duo exclaim in one voice: "I'm talking post, post, post, future. I'm talking resilience and levitation. I'm talking beauty and structural integrity for my people. I'm talking light beams that tell stories and educate. Let's talk about that if you wanna talk new future!"

Artist: Damon Locks & Rob Mazurek

Label: Label: International Anthem