Anderson .Paak and the free nationals were supporting act to Bruno Mars in Stockholm 2017. I am sorry Bruno, but .paak and his crew totally blew the crowd (and me) away. Since this I am listening to all stuff I can find on youtube, spotify, apple music and now on Bandcamp.
During the 1950's there were a slue of " white " artists and bands who made a pretty lucrative career out of remaking songs from " black " blues and r&b acts, most of which maintaining the same musical blueprints as the originals. These records were more commonly know as " Race Records " the pre cursor to what would later be known as " Rock and Roll ". Taking songs that at one point were only known to a certain demographic of people and catapulting them on to the airwaves thus exposing them to the " popular " audience ( white suburbia!!! ). Unfortunately the original writers hardly ever received credit and or were ever properly compensated for their songs :(
Anderson .Paak delivers a simular process but as in reverse homage. Taking rock and folk classics from your favorite stringy haired singers and bands like The Beatles, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs,The White Stripes, Toto and even Neil Young. Completely reworking and extracting every bit of soul, jazz, hip-hop and even electronic funk and r&b?. Who would of known??!!
"Cover Art" the 6 song EP has been released through the indie Label Hellfyre Club ( @hellfyreclub ). The EP features label owner Nocando ( @mcnocando ) and label mate Milo ( @yomilo ) as well as a beautiful duet with singer Raquel Rodriguez (@RQLROD )
Production is spearheaded by Breezy LoveJoy and his phenomenal team " The Free Nationals " which consist of Jose Rios (@josemrios) Kelsey Gonzalez ( @kelstrooo ) and Vicky Nguyen ( @vickyfarewell )
released November 27, 2013
ALL SONGS PRODUCED BY BREEZY LOVEJOY ( AKA ANDERSON .PAAK )
EXCEPT " HOLD THE LINE " PRODUCED BY: VICK " FAREWELL " NGUYEN
ALBUM MIXED BY: SAM BRAWNER
EXCEPT " MAPS " MIXED BY : DJ ZO
MASTERED BY: DJ ZO
ALL INSTRUMENTS PLAYED BY " THE FREE NATIONALS "
DRUMS/ PERCUSSION/ SYNTH/ PIANO : ANDERSON .PAAK
PIANO/ RHODES/ SYNTH/ LEAD : VIKCY " FAREWELL " NGUYEN
BASS GUITAR: KELSEY " KELSTROOO " GONZALEZ
LEAD GUITAR : JOSE " ZETA JONES " RIOS
RHODES/ STRINGS/ SYNTH PAD : RON AVANT
CUTS / SAMPLES : DJ ZO