Butcher Brown, Richmond, Virginia’s forward-thinking collective of jazz and hip-hop aficionados, have shared “MOVE(RIDE),” the final single ahead of their forthcoming album Solar Music out this Friday, October 6.
The lively new track features East London artist and producer Jay Prince, who breathes London’s lifestyle and spirit of jazz into the party-driven song. “MOVE (RIDE)” widens the aperture for what fans can expect from Butcher Brown’s latest effort, combining elements of funk, house, and hip-hop into a feel-good earworm.
“‘MOVE (RIDE)’ was inspired by the house music community in cities such as Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, and London. Our goal was to capture the essence of a nightclub with everyone dancing,” said drummer Corey Fonville.
The single follows “Eye Never Knew,” which features genre-agnostic artist Pink Siifu and world-class trumpeter Keyon Harrold. The album also includes previously released singles “DYKWYD” featuring Braxton Cook, “This Side Of Sunshine,” and “I Can Say To You,” which has seen support across BBC Radio from the likes of Benji B, Gilles Peterson, and Huey Morgan.
“Eye Never Knew,” collides two of the musical pedigrees that have been central to the band’s core since its inception. The song brings the forward-thinking and inventive delivery of hip-hop/soul/punk polymath Pink Siifu and pairs it with Butcher Brown’s masterclass of jazz instrumentation. With accents from accomplished trumpeter Keyon Harrold, the result is a sonic collage that creates one of Butcher Brown’s most memorable and experimental collaborations to date.
Described by Butcher Brown bandmates as “having something for just about everybody under the sun,” Solar Music collectively demonstrates the band’s dynamic approach to the jazz format, and incorporates their own rich lineage of musical influences from their upbringing in Richmond—fusing elements of soul, funk, rock, and hip-hop, into a universal sound.
Releasing digitally, on CD, and double LP at 45 RPM, the new album incorporates longtime friends and new unexpected guests into their approach, with additional appearances by Charlie Hunter, Jay Prince, Nappy Nina, Braxton Cook, and Michael Millions throughout its 17 tracks.