Canadian 8-piece collective, Busty and the Bass, release new album Eddie - their first for pristine Canadian label Arts & Crafts. The LP is a cool, deftly-produced, percussion-soaked collection that perfectly encapsulates the essence of the band: it marries their jazz, hip-hop and electro-soul influences, making them “one of the baddest in the land when it comes to delivering unified sounds for the masses” (Okayplayer).

Today’s video launch is accompanied by the announcement of Busty and the Bass’ livestream series that will take place nightly from December 1st-3rd. Each livestream in the “Word Tour” series will be entirely improvisational, centering the ensemble’s roots in avant experimental jazz dating back to their conception in McGill University’s acclaimed jazz program.

Eddie was released in summer 2020 via Arts & Crafts. The 12 tracks set nostalgic and vulnerable lyrical ruminations against a soundscape of simmering soul, spirited rock, hypnotic hip-hop, perennial psychedelic funk and artful R&B. Produced by Neal Pogue (Tyler The Creator, Anderson Paak) and executive produced by Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White, it features legendary collaborators George Clinton, Macy Gray, Illa J and Jon Connor. 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] recorded Eddie over three uninterrupted weeks Montreal.

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] recorded Eddie over three uninterrupted weeks Montreal with Grammy-nominated producer and sonic guide Neal Pogue (Tyler The Creator, Outkast, Anderson .Paak). The group also teamed up with Earth, Wind & Fire legend Verdine White who serves as the executive producer of the album. Of the project, Verdine exclaims, “One of the best albums of 2020 destined to become a classic!!”

Eddie sets out to answer the questions ‘What advice would you impart on that younger self? And if you could pass your younger self a mixtape, what would it sound like?’ The resulting 12 tracks set nostalgic and vulnerable lyrical ruminations against a soundscape of simmering soul, fiery funk, spirited rock, hypnotic hip-hip, perennial psychedelic funk and artful R&B. The character of Eddie stands in as a representative for the group’s collective past identity but far from a concept album, he serves as a common thematic thread tying the songs back to those central questions.

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