Louis Futon delivers kaleidoscopic debut album, ‘Way Back When’

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Louis Futon delivers kaleidoscopic debut album, ‘Way Back When’Louis Futon

A cacophony of trumpets coalesces with the warm notes of a saxophone to pierce the silence on “The Beginning,” an attention-grabbing, aptly titled number that opens Louis Futon’s debut album, Way Back When. Inherently dynamic, Futon has long treated listeners to his forward thinking remixes, to place his own idiosyncratic spins on other artists’ offerings, like James Blake‘s “Retrograde,” and Travis Scott‘s “Wake Up.” Now, Futon channels his creative efforts into an extended, 14-track showing that radiates the bright, buoyant personality characteristic of a Futon single.

Way Back When engages listeners from start to finish in its unpredictability, and the fun that Futon evidently had when engineering the debut project is audible in each song of the album. The bold instrumental components of “The Beginning” are crisp commencers that yield to the twinkling synths and comparatively syrupy pace of the album’s second song, “Surreal.” Delightfully kaleidoscopic in the nature of its cuts, Way Back When dabbles in the vocal-centric on “Rewind,” with the bubbly assistance of Ashe and Armani White. Futon melds playful tones with glitchy arrangement on “Supposed To Be,” to craft a rhythmically oriented joint, accented with DUCKWRTH delivered hip-hop verses. Way Back When traverses distinctive sonic territories across its 14 comprising cuts, to emerge as a highly developed debut project that is duly diverse in its sound, and cohesive.

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Louis Futon flips, covers, and intensifies J. Cole’s ‘Kevin’s Heart’

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Who better to rework a famed J. Cole track than the multi-talented Louis Futon, who enlists some help from Armani White, BXRBER, and Bellah to compose this cover of “Kevin’s Heart.” The song is part of Cole’s latest album, KOD, a Billboard albums chart-topper.

“Days after J Cole dropped his new project, KOD, I was listening to ‘Kevin’s Heart’ and had a really cool idea to flip it so I called up Bellah, BXRBER, and Armani White,” Futon says in the track’s description. “The whole track came together in a couple of hours, and I loved it so much I decided to take out J. Cole’s parts all together and make it a cover!”

The LA-based producer puts a funky spin on the edit, adding in his signature high-pitched synths and harmonies, which bend perfectly under a killer rap verse from White and soulful vocals from Bellah and BXRBER. Futon is set to hit some major U.S. cities on his upcoming summer tour. Find a full list of dates and ticket info here.

Trombone takes center stage in Alexander Lewis’ new hip-hop EP

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In February 2017, Alexander Lewis released the first track from what would later become the seven-track Omni EP. The iconic “March” track has since garnered more than 1 million SoundCloud streams, wowing listeners with its uniquely bold trombone stabs. In the many months since that initial release, the musician has continued to unveil pieces of the EP, including the intense “Clockwise” with Nick Row.

Now, Omni is out in full. It includes collaborations with fellow brass enthusiasts Brasstracks, rappers S’natra and Armani White, and many more. Smooth vocals, hip-hop beats, and bright instrumentals unite in this beautifully genre-smashing collection of originals.