Line-up /Muhsinah, Simbad, OP!, Scribe, Anya, Lilypad, Lydia, Amon
Raw Fusion Recordings
& The Swede Beat (http://www.theswedebeat.com)
Raw Fusion NYC
hosted by the Dancing Queens: Anya, Lilypad, and Lydia
fresh off tour opening for Common...
we bring you a special live performance by:
and special guest selector (hyping up the dancefloor, as usual):
Simbad (Raw Fusion/UK)
plus raw fusion residents:
and Amon on live percussion
APT 419 w 13th street 212 414 4245
$10 (free b4 11pm)
*$5 with individual rsvp (full names please) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pronounced [mu•se•n?] - Singer, producer, vigilante, lover, dreamer.
Having landed on the musical radar like some kind of a phantom battleship, this Washington D.C. native continues to fires away at us, sinking nay-sayers and making a name for herself at a rate which some might consider alarming. Appearing on a slew of independent releases this year, Muhsinah has earned each and every title that’s been thrown her way- engineer/producer/composer/singer/songwriter/arranger/inspiration and the like. Contrary to popular misconception, Muhsinah was not dropped off on this planet by some enigmatic cosmic force; she hitched a ride on her own star.
Incontrovertibly born a slave to the rhythm, this classically trained pianist has spent countless hours honing her skills, banging on velocity sensitive pads and brushing the dust from neatly stacked records; well worn relics, left behind from her mother’s days as a dj. With influences spanning from classical to psychedelic, jazz to world and back, the freshly transplanted Brooklyn resident has gained a newfound appreciation for space and the sound within the space.
day.break - The official debut from the 24 year old phenom, is a culmination of these sounds. Entirely self-produced, day.break is in a sense a heartfelt homage to her inspirations, filled with thoughtful compositions and inspired wordplay. Often times, snatching inspiration right out of the air, Muhsinah employs whatever sonic element she sees fit to complete her hip hop braised, soul compositions which appear to fall perfectly on the tastier side of experimental.
In a matter of minutes the listener is auto-magically made privy to the events and experiences that brought her to this point and they are seduced. Perhaps that’s why those who learned the proper pronunciation of her name, speak it with such conviction. In a day and age where digital mediums are king, Muhsinah’s mp3s are treated less like currency and more like precious stones, used to adorn pocket players the world over like badges of honor, or tribal markings. With a name that translates to “doer of good deeds” it’s no wonder Muhsinah is unwittingly saving music, a noble deed indeed.
A young prodigy of good music, dj and producer Simbad has become, in the span of 3 albums and more than 200 productions and remixes (on various prestigious labels like Raw Fusion, Freerange and Chillifunk, and under many aliases), one of the most in demand ‘beatmakers’ in today's worldwide electronic scene. Constantly traveling between London, Tokyo and New York via Puerto Rico and other musical destinations, he has worked with an impressive list of artists including Ron Trent, Robert Owens, Gonzalez, Tony Allen, Bugz In The Attic and Jimpster, to name just a few.
His warm compositions and original dancefloor stormers (like the underground classics ‘Soul Fever’ and ‘Peaktime’, hailed by many prominent djs and tastemakers) have infused a breath of fresh air into the world of dance music with their impressive range of musical influences, from jazz to reggae, funk to hip-hop, dub to garage, and deep house via techno and soul.
Simbad’s exceptional sense of groove has helped him to build a solid reputation among his peers, placing him in high demand on the international dj circuit, where he delivers memorable electronic sets full of surprises for the pleasure of the smiling, dancing, clubbers…
We welcome him back with open arms, ears, and dance-ready feet, following his memorable Raw Fusion NYC appearances last year. Positive vibes guaranteed!