Mark de Clive-Lowe is giving away a massive download for the next 24 hours. The “big bundle” includes the Six Degrees, Tide’s Arising, The Politik, and Journey 2 the Light albums as well as a whole lot of rarities, remixes, b-sides, and even videos.
Ross McHenry composes modern Jazz music, and sets it to the just-behind-the-beat, post-Dilla rhythms of the Los Angeles beat scene. And on Distant Oceans McHenry he does it with an all-star collective, which he calls his Future Ensemble.
The ensemble features one of the most exciting and in demand producers and keyboardists in the world today, Mark de Clive-Lowe, the rhythmic foundation of renowned NZ ensemble Electric Wire Hustle, Myele Manzanza, multi-instrumentalist and composer Adam Page and leading Australian instrumentalists Dylan Marshall, Jon Hunt and Luca Spiler.
While Distant Oceans is his debut solo album, Ross McHenry is not a newcomer. The ARIA nominated composer, producer, and bass player performed worldwide with the Shaolin Afronaughts, and took part in the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy. But Distant Oceans may be McHenry’s most exciting project yet as he brings together his Future Ensemble, and takes Nu Jazz into new territory.
Imagine John Coltrane meeting the Brainfeeder collective and you’re somewhere close to the sound of Distant Oceans.
Preview Distant Oceans by Ross McHenry below. (more…)
Three years ago Mark de Clive-Lowe started Church, a live music event described as “equal parts jazz club, live remix experiment, and dance party – part acoustic, part electronic; part planned, part improvised.” Now Mark is preparing to make Church, the album, and he wants your help. In between shows, Mark answered a few questions for me about the album. Read more below, hear some music from Mark, and learn how you can be a part of the project.
Mark de Clive-Lowe is collaborating with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra to deliver a big band album called Take The Space Trane. As a preview, Mark has shared the title track. He says the song “is a melding of the ‘60s Coltrane and McCoy Tyner feel with a UK brukstep rhythm – the avant-garde aspects of the jazz tradition head to head with the driving pulse of the beats… The title is a play on Duke Ellington’s big band classic ‘Take The A Train,’ but with the modal jazz influences a la John Coltrane and undercurrent of beats and electronic elements, it just made sense to be ‘Take The Space Trane!’”
From Mark de Clive-Lowe:
10 years ago Aaron Ross, Nathan Haines and MdCL put their collective talents together to create a soulful house remix for Terence Trent D’Arby. The remix was never released and remained a CD-R exclusive for a select few house DJs. We’ve put it up on soundcloud for your listening pleasure and free download for those who’d like it in their hands.