Brooklyn-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ and live musician Taylor McFerrin release his first full length LP, Early Riser, on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder record label. eaturing the likes of Thundercat, Robert Glasper, Bobby McFerrin, Emily King and others. Tip!!Taylor's musical style is equally influenced by the legends of 60s/70s Soul, the kings of the Modern Beat Generation, Golden Era hip hop, free form jazz and electronic music. By playing all of the instruments on his productions, while also relying heavily on sampling and chopping up his live takes, he has found a sound that seamlessly bridges myriad musical worlds and draws the listener into a constantly shifting audio soundscape
From the opening build of ï¿½Postpartumï¿½ onwards, you know youï¿½re in for something pretty special with ï¿½Early Riserï¿½. Itï¿½s a smouldering, woozy and intensely beautiful record. Tracks like ï¿½Degrees of Lightï¿½ and ï¿½Steppsï¿½ establish a sun-up mood in their opening few bars and then develop it, the organic live feel perfectly balanced by the the snap of their programming. If McFerrinï¿½s own voice on a track like ï¿½Florasiaï¿½ adds a genuine neo-soul emotion, his guests are sensational. From Nai Palm of Melbourne's Hiatus Kaiyote on ï¿½The Antidoteï¿½, through Emily King on ï¿½Decisionsï¿½ (ï¿½one of the best singers alive in my opinionï¿½ ï¿½ McFerrin) and on to labelmate RYATï¿½s collaboration on ï¿½A Place In My Heartï¿½, each adds a different mood and lift to the music theyï¿½re involved with. Taylorï¿½s father, the legendary Bobby McFerrin, teams up with Brazilian master Cesar Mariano on ï¿½Invisible/Visibleï¿½ for one of the jazziest moments on the record. Robert Glasper, Thundercat and Marcus Gilmore also provide their substantial jazz chops to ï¿½Already Thereï¿½. But the key to the whole record is the balance which McFerrin keeps throughout ï¿½ between his guest's individuality and his own vision, between the styles of music he loves, between a feeling of intense, sunlit joy and a deep aching sadness, which, it could be argued, is a definition of soul.