22 July 2011

Taylor McFerrin-'Early Riser'

​The McFerrin clan is creating a beatboxing dynasty. Father Bobby hit the pop heights in the '80s with "Don't Worry Be Happy" and caught ears with his knack for making music with his mouth. Next up is his son, Taylor based in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He has sustained an major buzz in the Future Soul scene ever since his 2007 EP 'Broken Vibes' gained heavy rotation by DJ's such as Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Garth Trinidad. His production credits include remixes for The Cinematic Orchestra, Amp Fiddler and Corrine Bailey Rae, as well as album tracks for Jose James and UK Rapper TY.

He has also toured worldwide as a one man show, playing major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, The Big Chill, and Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Festival. In New York alone he has performed at such legendary venues as The Apollo, The Blue Note, Radio City Music Hall and The Lincoln Jazz Center, opening up for artists such as Erykah Badu, the Roots, Nas, Talib Kweli and J* Davey.

His musical style is equally influenced by the legends of 60's / 70's soul and the kings of the Modern Beat Generation. By playing all the instruments on his productions, while also relying heavily on resampling and chopping up his live takes, he has found a sound that bridges those two worlds.
Taylor McFerrin’s three track preview is a sample of what we can expect on his full-length release, but it’s also a peek at what the multi-faceted producer can do. Give him a style and he can run with it. “Place In My Heart” as original as it is for its hypnotic spiral of singer Ryat’s vocals, there’s a wurlitzer chord buried underneath that sounds like a nod to Stevie Wonder’s “All I Do.” Then beyond the vertigo of all the instruments he plays himself, the third teaser in the mix dives into some UK dubstep, another sign of his worldly appeal.


1. Awake To you
2. Done For
3.Place in my Heart

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