Kamasi Washington: The Epic

Tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington has performed with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Lauryn Hill and so many more renowned acts (his first national tour was with Snoop Dogg); recently, he was a key collaborator on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Washington’s debut album The Epic lives up to its name, featuring a 32-piece orchestra, 20-person choir and ten-piece band. It may very well take …

Greenpoint: Runnin’ Away

Greenpoint is the latest project from Zach Seman and Roger Kleinman, a NYC-based production and songwriting duo signed to Warner/Chappell (they make their bread and butter by working with artists like Joey Bada$$, ASAP Rocky, Fabolous & 2 Chainz, Raury and many more). Having mysteriously set up a website with three indie-pop songs—including a cover of Sia’s “Chandelier”—the two explain that they consider Greenpoint a …

Beatenberg: Rafael

Five promising acts who performed (officially and unofficially) during CMJ week

Cape Town-based trio Beatenberg brought sunny, jazz-tinged vibes from their hometown to NYC for the first time this week. Debuting at CMJ’s South African Showcase, the outfit’s lead single “Rafael” embodies the band’s unique blend of Cape jazz and pop reminiscent of Paul Simon. The band is part of a growing scene of increasingly internationally recognized artists coming out of the Mother City. Beatenberg’s breezy …