Ahead of releasing their ‘New Future’ album, NYC-based funk art collective Loud Apartment release their new single ‘Rebellion’ featuring alternative music-turned-dancehall icon Garrison Hawk, perhaps best known as a long-term collaborator of Tricky and Sly & Robbie, among other notable artists. In November, Loud Apartment released the lead track ‘Technology’.
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.
‘New Future’ is the band’s third long-player, produced by legendary bassist / producer Bill Laswell at Orange Music in West Orange, New Jersey, following their aptly titled ‘System Breakdown’ LP, also produced by Laswell.
Created by musician and technologist Nevaris A.C. (voice, percussion, keyboards), the band’s current lineup also includes Bill Laswell on bass, turntablist DJ Logic, multi-instrumentalist Peter Apfelbaum (flute/sax), guitarist Will Bernard and drummer Lockatron.
“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.
‘New Future’ is an album that presents the sound of New York Fusion – a blend of sounds that have Funk as a core ingredient. Largely influenced by music from the ’70s and early ’80s, this is actually a modern sound that pays respect to the music of New York. For this release, Bill Laswell created three Dub mixes from the tracks, which were 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 and created at Orange Music in West Orange, New Jersey.
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 live performances in NYC. 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.
As of December 2, ‘Technology’ will be available via Bandcamp and is also being offered as an instant grat download upon ordering the full ‘New Future’ album. On December 10, this long-player will be released digitally across platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
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.
“A proper and much-welcome dose of sanguinity much needed… highly vibrant sonic excellence that expounds the human possibility for expansion and evolution” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Music with a conscience… Here amongst the loose funk grooves, jazz infused improvisations, the soul sass and the reggae rhythms there is a whole manifesto” ~ Second Scene Magazine
“Worthy of your time and thought-space… music that will have you grooving and missing NYC’s bohemian fusion scene, even if you’ve never experienced it first hand” ~ The Noise Journal
“Flowing funk from the streets of New York City… There’s so much soul in there, do much flow, so much “now”, so much everything and all pin-point right, so full of beauty” ~ The Organ Magazine
“Groove-filled exploration of the power of music… perhaps the most democratic human-spirit loving song about technology” ~ Amplify Music Magazine