The record sleeve artwork for Matthew E. White's K Bay.
Matthew E. White - K Bay

Matthew E. White - K Bay

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A sonic tour-de-force from the master producer. Such a rich album.

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On the heels of releasing a staggering collaboration with the legendary Lonnie Holley, Matthew E. White announced his new, long-awaited solo album, K Bay, out on Domino.

The LP was produced by White and recorded between his beloved Kensington Avenue home studio (and album namesake) K Bay, Richmond’s Montrose Recording and his own local institution, Spacebomb Studio. K Bay finds the singer/songwriter, bandleader, and musical polymath expanding every facet of his creative process and harnessing the full power of his community, culminating in the best record of his career.

"For me, one of the most exciting production techniques from this record was this idea where I’d record the song twice,explains White of K Bay, “First, in a more traditional, band-in- the-room, work out the parts and sounds, nail it, kind of  way. Secondly, I would distill the concept of the song one way or another into an instrumental composition. I had a much larger band (based off of Miles Davis’s On The Corner bands) play this kind of new-music/improvisational piece at the same tempo as I had recorded the first, more ‘normal’ take. The goal was to be able to cut across between the two pieces, and/or layer them and have them fit together in wild ways. To a large degree it worked, which was pretty exciting for me. The intro to ‘Genuine Hesitation’ is an excerpt from the much longer improvisation based
instrumental."

K Bay, White’s first solo album in six years, is the astounding record he has forever aspired to make. A bold reclamation of independence and identity, K Bay establishes White as one of his era’s most imaginative artists. These 11 pieces are retro-futurist magic tricks that feel instantly classic and contemporary, the product of a musical mind that has internalised the lessons of his idols and used them to build a brilliant world of his own.

Artist: Matthew E. White
Label: Domino Recording Company
Catalogue: WIGLP436X
Barcode: 887828043637
Format: 2LP or CD
Release Date: 10th September 2021
                           
"the percussion is unrelenting (the sheer intensity behind every beat is enough to make you sweat), while the correlation between fat bass riffs and dexterous guitar licks on ‘Nested’ and ‘Genuine Hesitation’, in particular, are obnoxiously groovy."
7/10
 
         

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