Song of the Day: Theon Cross – Forward Progression II
London's extraordinary tuba playerTheon Cross (Sons of Kemet) released an excellent reggae joint Forward Progression II, the third single from long-awaited sophomore LP Intra-I. The album was produced by Theon and Emre Ramazanoglu from Ill Considered and will be released on 29th October via New Soil Music.
Theon Cross' new album, Intra-I, finds the gifted tuba player and composer creating a sound system powered by breath. This unique record is an uplifting celebration of Black music that, thanks to Cross' pioneering approach, helps to redefine the sonic possibilities of the tuba. Reflecting his own heritage, the young virtuoso melds jazz with dub, hip-hop, soca, grime and other sounds connected to the Afro-Caribbean diaspora. Additionally, the record - which features Remi Graves, Shumba Maasai, Afronaut Zu, Ahnansé, Consensus and Oren Marshall - is Cross' first music to include collaborations with guest vocalists, adding a further new dimension.
Listen to Theon Crossnew single Forward Progression II, from long-awaited sophomore LP Intra-I:
Theon Cross is at the forefront of the thriving London jazz scene. In 2015 he released solo EP Aspirationsand in 2019 followed it with his acclaimed debut solo album, Fyah. In addition to his solo endeavors, Cross is a core member of Mercury-nominated group Sons Of Kemet and has collaborated with Little Simz, Stormzy, Makaya McCraven, Moses Boyd, Nubya Garcia, Kano and others. An incredible live performer who's constantly looking to push boundaries, Cross participated in SXSW Online earlier this year by playing a live set from Abbey Road Studios and, using motion capture technology, as a 3D digital avatar in a VR showcase.
Watch the video below ofTheon Crossnew single Forward Progression II, from long-awaited sophomore LP Intra-I:
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Nicholas Payton - Hangin' in and Jivin'
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BADBADNOTGOOD, Arthur Verocai - Love Proceeding
Robert Glasper, D Smoke, Tiffany Gouché - Shine
Poppy Ajudha - Change Your Mind
Substantial, Funky DL - Gift Raps 2.0 - Instrumental
Makaya McCraven - Sunset
Nubya Garcia - Together Is A Beautiful Place To Be - Nala Sinephro Remix
Potatohead People - Bonzai View
Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Marcos Valle - Gotta Love Again - Kaidi Tatham Remix
Chelsea Carmichael - Bone And Soil
Ill Considered - The Lurch
Tenderlonious - Song for My Mother
Robert Walter, Jake Najor - Wet from the Press
The Bamboos - Bad Line - Deluxe Edition Bonus Track
Izo FitzRoy - Thelma & Louise (We're Not Looking Back)