In an era of unprecedented technological capabilities in music, there are still artists out there showing why live R&B bands have never gone out of style. While groups like The Internet, Free Nationals, and Moonchild have made huge leaps in recent years, another outfit appears poised for a similar ascent. The Richmond, Virginia five-piece Butcher Brown has already built a reputation of exceptional skills and electrifying live shows and their latest release takes their sound to new levels. Premiering exclusively today on EARMILK, “Tidal Wave” is an unrelentingly grooving track that deftly honors the shared lineage of jazz and hip-hop.
Described by Butcher Brown as “a nod to the OGs Ronnie Laws and Black Moon,” the new single bridges diverse influences and eras while the group forges something wholly fresh and original. With a smoky vibe in the production, the song’s laid-back atmosphere provides an absorbing backdrop for Marcus Tenney’s fuzzy horn lines. The band traverses different feels with ease as they weave through an understatedly complex arrangement. With “Tidal Wave,” Butcher Brown makes heady music sound effortless, offering further proof that they are a band on the rise.
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