NYC based duo Brasstracks has one of the most uniquely undefinable sounds out there. Google their name and they come up as a dance/electronic duo, but while that's not wrong, drummer Conor Rayne and horn player Ivan Jackson really can't be pigeon-holed that way. I mean, they're a drummer
and a horn player
. Not exactly typical for electronic producers, to say the least.
So, you might be able to consider them future-brass. A term they coined, of course, because who else could be described that way? But that wouldn't cover it either- it's completely ignores one of the most notable chapters of Brasstracks' young career. They've actually won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance, for their production of Chance the Rapper's "No Problem." (Yes, that one
. You've heard it.)
You might look at this mish-mosh of genres and conclude that Brasstracks' sound is all over the map, but that's wrong too. They're consistently putting out sunny-sounding, brassy (duh), electo-funk tracks that will never fail to raise your mood.
Another thing that's stayed consistent? Their loyalty to their Brooklyn roots. To prove their love, they recently had a small concert on the Elsewhere rooftop, with a gorgeous view of the skyline and some fire ‘chunes to go with. They brought with them a huge live band to really tie a magical night together.
Even better, they teamed up with Pell to give us a live video of their new song "Vibrant."
I don't think I've ever heard a more appropriate name for a song than "Vibrant." Between Pell's flow, the band giving it their all, and the funky beats, there's so much infectious energy packed into one performance. It's really worth not just a watch, but several re-watches. It just gets better every time.
I'd also just quickly like to point out the magnificence of the style in this video. From Ivan Jackson's staple-piece hat to Pell's enviable hoodie, everyone was looking so fly
. If you want to see some more fab outfits, or more importantly, more gorgeous, vibrant
music, you can check if their tour is coming to a city near you here