Inspired by growing up on the old upper west side
NYC-based funk art collective Loud Apartment are gearing up for their ‘New Future’ album, their third long-player, produced by legendary bassist / producer Bill Laswell and also featuring a guest performance by Garrison Hawk, long-term collaborator of Tricky and Sly & Robbie, among other notable artists. Ahead of that, Loud Apartment presents the lead track ‘Technology’.
This new album 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’.
“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.
“As the lyrics read, “technological revolution can bring solutions/innovation creation no degradation no pollution / too much exploitation from the governments and corporations/privacy invasion intrusion and manipulation”.
Formed 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.
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 live performances at Galapagos Art Space, Drom, and Public Assembly in NYC.
In 2019, Nevaris approached Bill Laswell about working with him and drummer Lockatron on new material. From the first time playing together in the studio, the new project took off.
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.