Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Maraj - Move On It

The multifaceted, genre-defiant collective from Kalamazoo, Maraj, are traveling to Detroit next weekend. Call it soul, funk and/or hip-hop, call it all of that all at once... Throw in some electronica and R&B...

Live bass, looped beats, sampler, synth, dual hook singers and dual MCs; a seven-piece out of Kzoo brandishing "Pine Desert Soul." Everything I've heard has had a freshness, a frenetic riff, a propulsive, intricately arranged beat and an enticing overall energy, a mini hip-hop orchestra with its own graceful, grooving flux.

Maraj joins Red Pill at The Majestic Cafe on Friday, March 27th. Nortroniks and MC Friendly, both from Grand Rapids, will also be performing. (Doors 8 PM / Music 9 PM / $5 - 

Red Pill, meanwhile, has had quite a 2015, so far, having signed onto Mello Music Group for the forthcoming release of Look What This World Did To Us (April 7). Red Pill (aka Chris Orrick) has spent the last five years distinguishing himself with his memoir-esque rap poetry pouring out confessional bars heavy with contemplative relays and gut-punched imagery. The lead single for his album is streaming below.

Joining Red Pill for this event is the exceptional DJ/producer Hir-O, with whom he released "The Kick" back in 2013. Check it out

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