ACCLAIMED JAZZ AND HIP-HOP COLLECTIVE SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM SOLAR MUSIC OCT. 6 VIA CONCORD JAZZ
Critically acclaimed jazz and hip-hop fusionists Butcher Brown share “Eye Never Knew”, featuring genre-agnostic artist Pink Siifu and world-class trumpeter Keyon Harrold, the latest single from the group’s forthcoming album Solar Music, out Oct. 6 via Concord Jazz. The album includes previously released singles “DYKWYD” featuring Braxton Cook, “This Side Of Sunshine,” and “I Can Say To You,” which has seen support across BBC Radio from the likes of Benji B, Gilles Peterson and Huey Morgan.
“Eye Never Knew”, collides two of the musical pedigrees that have been central to the band’s core since its inception. The song brings the forward-thinking and inventive delivery of hip-hop/soul/punk polymath Pink Siifu and pairs it with Butcher Brown’s masterclass of jazz instrumentation. With accents from accomplished trumpeter Keyon Harrold, the result is a sonic collage that creates one of Butcher Brown’s most memorable and experimental collaborations to date.
The song enlists Keyon Harrold, who contributed all trumpet playing in the Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead” and has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Nas, D’Angelo, and many more. Additionally with Pink Siifu, whose 2021 Gumbo! album was praised by Pitchfork, they collectively curate an other-worldly ambiance while maintaining their own signature sounds. Separate from “Eye Never Knew,” Butcher Brown and Pink Siifu also share a number of critically acclaimed collaborations, one of which being Siifu’s B.Cool-Aid Album with Ahwlee, Leather Blvd., which was released earlier this year.
Described by Butcher Brown bandmates as “having something for just about everybody under the sun,” Solar Music collectively demonstrates the band’s dynamic approach to the jazz format, and incorporates their own rich lineage of musical influences from their upbringing in Richmond – fusing elements of soul, funk, rock, and hip-hop, into a universal sound. Releasing digitally, on CD and double LP at 45 RPM, the new album incorporates longtime friends and new unexpected guests into their approach, with additional appearances by Charlie Hunter, Jay Prince, Nappy Nina, Braxton Cook and Michael Millions throughout its 17 tracks. Exclusive Solar Music limited edition ‘Solar Red’ vinyl, signed CDs/vinyl and merchandise are all available HERE.
Butcher Brown will perform an extensive 2023 Solar Music Global Tour, with dates across the U.S. and Europe throughout the Fall in support of the new album. The tour heads to 13 states and 7 countries and will feature domestic appearances from California to Washington, D.C., including performances at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City Oct. 18, NPR’s World Cafe Live Oct. 21, and a hometown show Nov. 24 at the Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia. In between their North American runs, Butcher Brown will bring their infectious live performances to six countries across Europe including shows at The Forge in London Nov. 6, Zenner in Berlin alongside B. Cool-Aid Nov. 8, and Le Trabendo in Paris Nov. 15.
To learn more about Butcher Brown, read the full bio below or watch their 2021 NPR Tiny Desk (Home) performance. Listen to “Eye Never Knew” featuring Pink Siifu and Keyon Harrold and pre-order/ pre-save Solar Music above, and stay tuned for more new music from Butcher Brown coming soon.
Butcher Brown 2023 Solar Music Global Tour Dates
9/22 – Harrisonburg, VA @ James Madison University – Wilson Hall
10/12 – Reno, NV @ University of Nevada – Nightingale Concert Hall
10/17 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10/18 – New York, NY @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
10/20 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern Café and Music Hall
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live (upstairs)
10/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN @ Dakota
10/25 – Chicago, IL @ Sleeping Village
10/26 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
10/27 – Indianapolis, IN @ Jazz Kitchen
11/4 – Eindhoven, NL @ So What’s Next?
11/6 – London, UK @ The Forge
11/7 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
11/8 – Berlin, DE @ J.A.W. (Zenner)
11/9 – Mannheim, DE @ Alte Feuerwache
11/10 – Técou, FR @ Coco Jazz
11/11 – Groningen, NL @ Rockit
11/12 – Rotterdam, NL @ Rooterdam / Bird
11/13 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bimhuis
11/14 – Charloeroi, BE @ Palais des Beaux Arts
11/15 – Paris, FR @ Le Trabendo
11/18 – Eilat, IL @ Red Sea Jazz Festival
11/24 – Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
11/25 – Washington, DC @ Atlantis
12/5 – Seattle, WA @ Madame Lou’s
12/6 – Portland, OR @ The Get Down
12/7 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
12/8 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa
12/9 – Los Angeles, CA @ Lodge Room
12/10 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues, Voodoo Room
October 6th, 2023
2. Espionage featuring Charlie Hunter
3. I Can Say To You featuring Vanisha Gould
4. MOVE (RIDE) featuring Jay Prince
5. Turismo featuring Julia Shuren
6. Eye Never Knew featuring Pink Siifu and Keyon Harrold
7. No Way Around It
8. Half of It featuring Nappy Nina
9. DYKWYD featuring Braxton Cook
10. Happy Hourrr
11. Run It Up featuring Pink Siifu
12. Pink Fur featuring Michael Millions
13. This Side Of Sunshine
15. Touring Pains
16. It Was Me
17. Around For A While
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