River Passage : Psych World | Downtempo Electronica | Afrobeat
A collaboration between Heavy Color and musicians and villages in Eastern Congo. Dense and mysterious. A curious thread connects these interwoven musical fabrics and their trans-continental roots. Drawing from classic Afrobeat and Afropop, Minimalist Electronica and Futurist Instrumental Hip Hop.
In May of 2015 Earthwork Music asked Ben of Heavy Color and Akili Jackson of Radiant City Arts to travel to the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo as a musical ambassadors as part of On the Ground's ongoing cultural exchange program which strives to create meaningful connections across cultures through creative collaboration. Sales from this album are helping fund projects in Congo that directly support gender equity and fair wages for women in farming regions as well as the ongoing support of an arts center in the city Bukavu which teaches youth dance, recording technology skills and music lessons in an all around positive, safe space.
Final Celebration (psych-Afrobeat-Experimental House feat Thomas Lusango)
Hidden Kingdom (Futurist-Afro-Fusion-Hustle-Groovy feat. Thomas Lusango)
Temple on a Hill (Featuring Vocals from Villagers of Bibokoboko and Poetry from Akili Jackson)
Aesthetic Dance (Long Intro but gives way to a lush and cinematic 2nd half)
Soft Light : Psych Pop / Downtempo Electronica / Experimental Jazz+Fusion / Weirdo
Highly detailed, vast and at times surreal. The music ebbs and flows, rises and recedes yet always somehow adhering to its own abstract logic. Hybrid Live Band / Deconstructed Electronic.
Psychedelic roots drawing inspirations from Sun Ra, Madlib, Can and Steve Reich.
Option to release as one album or a full length and an EP.
Potential Highlights :
Soft Light (60's psych Jazz / deconstructed hip hop / experimental pop)
Sea Monster (Instrumental Hip Hop / Chillwave Jammer)
Infinite Pyramids Pt 1 and 2 (80s Fusion World-beat / Meets Jon Hassell / Spiritual Jazz)
Prayer/Call (Challenging African Inspired Dance Number)