Brasstracks with Kemba and Pell
The Basement East
Tue, Feb 12 9:00 pm
Brasstracks: After studying together at Manhattan School of Music, Ivan Jackson (trumpet) and Conor Rayne (drums) linked up to form production duo Brasstracks in 2014. Initially, a side project allowing them to use their instruments to produce electronic music they were passionate about, a cover of Rihanna’s “Four Five Seconds” with Lido cemented them on the SoundCloud producer scene. Since their early beginnings in the SoundCloud space they have dropped an array of critically acclaimed covers and remixes, toured with Lido, Nao, Mr. Carmack, Jack Garratt, and GRiZ, played iconic venues and festivals such as Denver’s Red Rocks and Coachella and featured/produced on songs with GoldLink, Anderson Paak, Lido and Khalid. Kemba: “As an artist, I only exist because of the people. I want to be of service to them. I want my success to be our success.” The artist formerly known as YC the Cynic is taking a giant step forward on his new album Negus – one so big that it necessitated a whole new name, Kemba. The Bronx native has always made music inspired by acts like Mos Def and Goodie Mob, who are lyrical and not afraid to address crucial contemporary issues. But he felt like his original rap name, bestowed at a young age and tied to the more traditional boom-bap sound that he established on his early releases, no longer fit this new material. The songs on Negus, while having no shortage of great raps, also allow a whole other side of his inspirations to shine through – their sense of melody. Pell: Growth is ingrained in Pell's nature. Since taking the industry by storm in 2014, the electric New Orleans native, born Jared Pellerin, has continued to expand his sound and musicality. His stellar Floating While Dreaming mixtape garnered attention and praise from press across the board, including FADER, Billboard, XXL, Complex, among others, yet he never settled. After touring with G-Eazy, in 2015 he released LIMBO, an EP produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek, developing his "experimental soul" sound to set him apart from his peers. After supporting Kehlani on a nationwide tour, Pell launched his first headlining run, spanning 28 cities and music festivals across the country including Hangout, Firefly, and Pemberton.