Over the course of 3 days in London, drummer/producer Makaya McCraven connected with first time collaborators (Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones, Soweto Kinch, Ashley Henry, Daniel Casimir and Kamaal Williams) and did 2 improvised performances as part of a 2-night showcase
called CHICAGOxLONDON at legendary UK Jazz hub Total Refreshment Centre (TRC).
The following Sunday afternoon five producers (LeFtO, Ben LaMar Gay, Quiet Dawn, Earl Jeffers & Don Leisure of the Darkhouse Family) were invited to TRC to participate in an event called Fresh Roasted: Live Beat-Making & Battle, where they did live remixes of the recordings from Makaya & cos CHICAGOxLONDON performances.
Remixes by Emma-Jean Thackray and Lexus Blondin were added to the pool, at which point Makaya took all the remixes and the raw live recordings from TRC back to his home studio in Chicago, chopped everything up and re-composed the music into two continuous side suites for this CHICAGO x LONDON mixtape.
FORMAT: Indies Only Black Vinyl LP
Halls (feat. Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones & Nubya Garcia)
McCraven On The Mic (feat. LeFtO & Soweto Kinch)
Ox Tales (feat. Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones & Nubya Garcia)
Suite For Artis Gilmore (feat. Don Leisure & Darkhouse Family)
Jupiter Jawn (feat. Earl Jeffers & Darkhouse Family)
The Oracle (feat. Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones, Nubya Garcia & Kamaal Williams)
The Bounce! (feat. Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones & Nubya Garcia)
King Drive 86’ Cutlass No Plates (feat. Ben LaMar Gay)
Run ‘Dem (feat. Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones, Nubya Garcia & Soweto Kinch)
Too Shy (feat. Emma-Jean Thackray)
Drums&Bruk&FeelTheVibe (feat. Quiet Dawn)
Birthday Solo (feat. Theon Cross, Joe Armon-Jones & Nubya Garcia)
TRC Thank You Outro (feat. Lexus Blondin)
Where We Come From (feat. Soweto Kinch & Kamaal Williams)
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