NEW ALBUM BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST OUT SEPTEMBER 24
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Trumpeter, composer, producer, and artist Theo Croker has a new album on the way, and today he shares his next offering from it — “Happy Feet (for dancers)” featuring Malaya. Listen HERE. The song is a shuffling, House-inspired anthem meant to “capture the essence of the Detroit dance scene and give dancers everywhere something to move to,” according to Theo. Directed by Leighton Pope, the carefree video features singer Malaya, Coco from Coco & Breezy, Theo and others dancing, fully immersed in one another’s energies.
Theo Croker’s upcoming album BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST is his first since the critically acclaimed Star People Nation, the album which earned him a GRAMMY Nomination. Available September 24th via Sony Masterworks, the album was produced by Theo Croker and features Wyclef Jean, Ari Lennox, Gary Bartz, Charlotte Dos Santos, Iman Omari, Malaya, and Kassa Overall. A contemporary oratorio, the 13 tracks that make BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST are inspired by the forgotten hero’s journey towards self-actualization within the universal origins of blackness. It’s a sonic celebration of Afro-origin, and ultimately a reclamation of the culture, for the culture. “Our hero receives a transmission from his ancestors while in meditation that sets him on a mission to raise the planet’s vibrations through music that defies the confines of a ‘genre’ and frees the culture from the imminent threat of commercial gentrification,” says Theo. Written in the solitude of his childhood home in Leesburg, Florida during the pandemic much of the album was informed by psilocybin meditations and astral travels. By retreating inward, Theo extracted a universal story with major implications and spiritual resonances.
Theo Croker is a storyteller who speaks through his trumpet. A creative who refuses boundaries, the GRAMMY®️ Award-nominated artist, composer, producer, thought leader, and influencer projects his voice through the music. After seven years of sojourn in Shanghai, Croker crash-landed with a simmering original sound on the 2014 Dee Dee Bridgewater-assisted album AfroPhysicist. Following the success of Escape Velocity in 2016, he ascended to a new stratosphere with Star People Nation in 2019. The record garnered a nomination in the category of “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album” at the 62nd GRAMMY®️ Awards. It attracted widespread critical acclaim including Stereogum, Paste, and The New York Times who called it “an album that gallivants from swirling, left-field hip-hop beats to propellant swing to entrancing passages of African percussion. Through it all, Croker’s understated trumpet playing holds his small band together with swagger and poise.” Along the way, he also lent his sound to platinum-selling albums by everyone from J. Cole to Ari Lennox while touring his band across the globe many times over. In 2020, he hunkered down at his childhood home in the midst of the global pandemic and wrote his sixth full-length album, BLK2LIFE || A FUTURE PAST, releasing September 24th via Sony Music Masterworks.
Theo just wrapped up a three-week residence at San Francisco’s Black Cat, with the next round of tour dates starting next week, taking him to select cities in the U.S. and across the world. Full tour schedule and ticketing info can be found HERE.
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