Canadian 8-piece soul-jazz collective, Busty and the Bass, release their EP ET Suite via Arts & Crafts. ET Suite reworks the track "ET" from their album Eddie released in August of last year, with the band transforming it into four new, distinct and sonically diverse iterations. The EP features the legendary Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire as well as afro-soul singer Pierre Kwenders, and a trio of artists from the band’s Montreal community: Terrell Morris, Kallitechnis and Tika the Creator. The release is accompanied by a desktop video game, “Extraterrestrial: A Busty Space Adventure,” that highlights the band’s instrumental arrangements as you zip through a stark planet, driving around to collect each member that is late to their show.

ET Suite rethinks jazz improvisations in the era of Covid, pushing the limits of collaboration. Recorded entirely in isolation, each instrument was tracked independently during the fall of 2020. The 15-minute five-song ET Suite flows from the original psychedelic funk cut into a silky, smoothed out R&B rendition into an instrumental groove with a bassline courtesy of Verdine into the candle-lit afro-soul crooning of Pierre, all finally culminating in a wild free-jazz freak out. The EP showcases the group’s uncanny ability to seamlessly flow between genres, combining funk, jazz, and hip-hop into a sound that is as energetic as it is centering.

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The octet of Nick Ferraro [vocals, alto sax], Evan Crofton a.k.a. Alistair Blu [vocals, keys, synths], Scott Bevins [trumpet], Chris Vincent [trombone], Louis Stein [guitar], Milo Johnson [bass], Eric Haynes [keys, piano], and Julian Trivers [drums] first burst onto the scene in early 2015, releasing a pair of EPs—GLAM [2015] and LIFT[2016]—before unveiling 2017’s full-length debut, Uncommon Good and in the time since have amassed over 30 MILLION streams worldwide. In addition to packing houses on headline tours, including recent SOLD OUT shows at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom and LA’s Troubadour, they graced the stages of international festivals such as Made in America, Osheaga, Pinkpop, Montreal International Jazz Festival, The Great Escape, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Rifflandia, playing alongside the likes of Radiohead, Anderson .Paak, and Lana Del Rey. Most recently, the band released their sophomore album Eddie in August 2020, garnering rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

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