Bakitihi Kumalo has released “Electric Flow,” the debut single from his upcoming album, What You See Is What You Hear. The urban-tinged soundscape is an homage to the musical influences Kumalo has gathered in his four decades living in the U.S., where his unforgettable bass lines have driven the music of Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Josh Grobhan, Randy Brecker, and many others.
On the track, Bakitihi plays percussion, his Roland Aerophone AE-10, his Keisel fretted 6-string, and his vintage Fender Jazz Bass tuned as a piccolo bass [D-G-C-F, low-to-high]. Both basses sport La Bella strings and were recorded direct through Bakitihi’s Phil Jones Bass BP-800 head. The cut also features vocalist Dacia Gypsy, keyboardist Jeremy Grenhart, guitarist Biodun Kuti, drummer Rodney Harris, and Maxfield Gast on alto sax, and flute.
“Electric Flow” will be streaming at CD Baby, iTunes, Spotify, and at Bakithi’s Facebook page [Here] on Oct. 23. What You See Is What You Hear is slated for release in early 2021.