From the Album IN MY WORLD
Director: Miko Revereza
Director of Photography: Lonnie Francisco
Wardrobe: Elena Stonaker
Special Thanks: Joel Levin, Sinziana Velicescu, Diva Dompe, Love McQueen
01. In My World
Brainfeeder’s de facto New Age guru and all-around production wizard, Matthewdavid, returns with a sophomore full-length for the label, an all-inclusive Mindflight entitled In My World. Unlike prior LP Outmind, which was a largely ambient and inward journey, In My World expands exponentially to a multitude of lavish sound worlds ranging from the lush, vaporous pop dub of the title track, ethereal love jams like “Cosmic Caller” and “Next to You Always”, uncharacteristic IDM breakbeats on “West Coast Jungle Juke”, and a languorously crystallized cover “Perpetual Moon Moods”. Every densely atmospheric track is liberally punctuated with Low End Theory-approved doses of speaker-rattling sub-bass. The album, for all of its masterful production techniques and intriguing lyrical twists, is held together by a unifying theme of love — the most powerful force in the universe.
In My World begins with some quick scratches— a nod to Matthewdavid’s origins in hip-hop, however the following material is anything but. From its title track — “We can rap or sing; don’t matter to me.” Or take the lyric from mid-album highlight “Artforms” — “I’m feeling all the artforms start to blend together.” Whether embellishing his recordings with handmade visual accompaniments or effortlessly synthesizing musical styles, Matthewdavid’s work revolves around diverse and compelling combinations. Rapping or singing, the producer’s vocals are pushed forward as the centerpiece of this album. Rightly so— with a freshly minted marriage and the recent birth of his first child, the Los Angeles-based dublab resident and head of Leaving Records has an abundance of wonders to vocalize.
An invitation awaits, a beckoning call to a beautiful paradise forged by imagination. Final track “Birds in Flight” encapsulates the message — “We can only dream a dream that’s dreamt from the Mind’s Eye.” Inner and outer worlds merge into an idyllic reality — life as a psychedelic and self-willed vacation. Infinity looms large here, with a watchful eye towards unseen yet strongly felt intricacies of a futuristic and frail modernity. “As long as we have Love,” Matthewdavid assures us, the world may never end. If the title of his free EP Producers in 2012 Learn to Spread Love was selectively aimed at fellow beatmakers, then In My World encourages listeners to now follow the artist’s example and do the same
Forthcoming Album out July 1st 2014 on Brainfeeder.
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Brooklyn-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ and live musician Taylor McFerrin is set to release his first full length LP, Early Riser, in June 2014 on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder record label. Taylor’s musical style is equally influenced by the legends of 60s/70s Soul, the kings of the Modern Beat Generation, Golden Era hip hop, free form jazz and electronic music. By playing all of the instruments on his productions, while also relying heavily on sampling and chopping up his live takes, he has found a sound that seamlessly bridges myriad musical worlds and draws the listener into a constantly shifting audio soundscape. “I spent years laying down tons of tracks,” McFerrin explains, “and I got into a really bad habit of never really finishing anything. So this last year the concept was – let me go back and find all the stuff that really felt right, the stuff that felt like an honest moment of creation for me, and just force myself to finish those tracks.”
From the opening build of “Postpartum” onwards, you know you’re in for something pretty special with “Early Riser”. It’s a smouldering, woozy and intensely beautiful record. Tracks like “Degrees of Light” and “Stepps” establish a sun-up mood in their opening few bars and then develop it, the organic live feel perfectly balanced by the the snap of their programming. If McFerrin’s own voice on a track like “Florasia” adds a genuine neo-soul emotion, his guests are sensational. From Nai Palm of Melbourne’s Hiatus Kaiyote on “The Antidote”, through Emily King on “Decisions” (“one of the best singers alive in my opinion” – McFerrin) and on to labelmate RYAT’s collaboration on “A Place In My Heart”, each adds a different mood and lift to the music they’re involved with. Taylor’s father, the legendary Bobby McFerrin, teams up with Brazilian master Cesar Mariano on “Invisible/Visible” for one of the jazziest moments on the record. Robert Glasper, Thundercat and Marcus Gilmore also provide their substantial jazz chops to “Already There”. But the key to the whole record is the balance which McFerrin keeps throughout – between his guest’s individuality and his own vision, between the styles of music he loves, between a feeling of intense, sunlit joy and a deep aching sadness, which, it could be argued, is a definition of soul.
Since creating a major buzz with his first EP, Broken Vibes, McFerrin has toured worldwide as a one man show and has played major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, The Big Chill, and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival. In his home base of New York City, 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 Robert Glasper. In addition to producing and performing, Taylor has served as the Head Instructor of the pioneering Beat Rockers program over the past 4 years, teaching beatboxing and musical self-expression to students who are blind and/or have multiple disabilities at the Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx.
Taylor’s ability to create and evolve musically by drawing inspiration from all corners of his life translates into a music of exceptional honesty and emotional directness, deep sophistication and effortless style.