After nearly a decade of performances from coast to coast in the United States, these Midwest U.S. afrobeat messengers are on the cusp of releasing their fourth studio record to date. "Nyash UP!" easily slides in as their most creative effort after over just three years in the making.
The record was mastered by Don Grossinger, who also has laid his hands on recordings from greats such as The Rolling Stones, Rage Against the Machine, Lou Reed, The Band, Bad Brains, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, and many more. The album was recorded and mixed at Fullerton Recording in Logan Square -- Chicago's current neighborhood du jour of bustling creativity.
In "Nyash UP!" the band bravely tackles nine interpretative covers of songs from contemporary artists across the globe. You'll hear loose and slippery covers of Radiohead, Marvin Gaye, System of a Down, Fugazi, Ceu and more -- all played in the style of afrobeat, with a couple songs even mashed up with some of Fela Kuti's music as well.
Unlike other Chicago Afrobeat Project albums to date, nearly half of the material includes songs with original vocals. Previous records relied mainly on instrumental afrobeat tracks.