One late-night, mid-tour jam session in 2017 unlocked immediate chemistry between super stars Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. Years later, Bruno called Anderson: “Remember that idea we had? Let’s do it.” One studio session grew into to a months-long collaboration, culminating the “setlist of doom.” The legendary Bootsy Collins (and “special guest host”) christened them – and introduced the world to – Silk Sonic.
The Bridge is so much more than a clever concept album, there are links between each of the songs and the prolific musician takes to the theme like a duck to water. And whilst water is the common denominator, it is really about connection - connection between people, life and death and more. It’s Sting at his most Sting-like.
Magdalena Bay peruses the sound of experimental pop, crafting a synthy world that shatters genres and bends time to the pair’s will, elevating their sound to match their philosophical reflections. “We spend all of our time together, and in some ways Mercurial World is about that particular sense of madness in containment,” Matthew Lewin says. “We live together and make art together; this immerses you in our creative, insular universe.”
Drummer, producer & beat scientist Makaya McCraven digs through the Blue Note vaults while putting a modern bounce on jazz classics by Art Blakey, Horace Silver, & more. His mastery of the loop is akin to celebrated beatmakers like J Dilla & Madlib, but McCraven's unique approach also incorporates new recorded elements including his own drums, Joel Ross' vibraphone, Jeff Parker's guitar, & more.
"The main ingredient in any Black Label soup is the riff," says the larger-than-life frontman Zakk Wylde. Black Label Society builds their music on this simple truth, truth as self-evident on the eleventh album from the dependable stalwarts. Doom Crew Inc. Is both a tribute to the band's "first to bleed, last to leave" road crew and a salute to the legion whose support, stretching back to 1998, rivals that of the KISS Army.
With a wide swath of inspirations, ranging from southern gospel to Neil Young, Ray Charles, and Merle Haggard to the hard rock of Ozzy Osbourne and of course, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Thunderbolts rise up with a scorching signature style steeped in soulful southern swagger, embodying the blue-collar working man who has put their foot down on the accelerator towards the rock 'n roll American dream.