Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder will soon present Resistance, the debut album of keyboard maestro, vocalist, composer, producer, arranger, and astral traveller Brandon Coleman—a regular fixture in the Kamasi Washington band.
We're told that Resistance is a "powerful statement" from an artist who is passionate about hybridity and innovation—stitching together threads from jazz, disco, boogie, R&B, electro, soul, and funk. “I’ve been in the studio a lot in recent years, writing with this or that artist and I always felt constrained… like I had to compromise and submit to a ‘pop’ sensibility,” he explains. “This time I just wanted to create something that was really free… something original… to incorporate all the styles that I represent, because often when I’ve tried to do that in the past it’s been met with resistance.”
The list of artists with whom Coleman has collaborated ranges from Ciara to Mulatu Astatke and Childish Gambino to Shuggie Otis—but one of his most consistent studio partners during the last decade has been R&B icon Babyface. “I’ve learned a lot from him… working on countless projects… he would just call me at any time and say: 'Hey man, I’m in the studio with Aretha Franklin at the piano and I want you to come in and help us arrange some songs.' And I would be like: Erm ok, I’m on my way,'" he says. “Those experiences shaped the way I hear and appreciate music”.
Coleman has previously worked with Flying Lotus on music for Bladerunner, FlyLo’s directorial debut Kuso, and he also plays on “Until The Quiet Comes” and “You’re Dead!”
The release follows Dorian Concept's Nature of Imitation album.
01. Live For Today
02. All Around The World
03. A Letter To My Buggers
04. Addiction (feat. Sheera)
06. There’s No Turning Back
08. Sundae (feat. N’Dambi)
09. Just Reach For The Stars
11. Giant Feelings (feat. Patrice Quinn & Techdizzle)
12. Walk Free
Resistance LP will land on September 14 via Brainfeeder, with "Giant Feelings" (feat. Patrice Quinn & Techdizzle) streaming in full below.