The fun times just keep coming as the party fortress Brainfeeder offers us Resistance, the new cut from Brandon Coleman. To put things in perspective, he happens to be a member of saxophonist Kamasi Washington's band, padding out that symphonic sound with fusion sounds on his keyboard and keytar. If you've heard anything off Heaven And Earth you'll know: he's gone on some real funk benders. On his new solo record he draws on boogie vibes and R&B while keeping his vintage electro sound in tac. This will rule.
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Within the Brainfeeder party fortess lays ‘Resistance’, an extremely satisfying record from spry keyboard wizard Brandon Coleman. Best known for the seriously good and extremely wacky solos he plays in Kamasi Washington’s behemoth of a band, he also occasionally plays keytar. It’s a universal truth that keytars are very cool not at all silly; if I could sum up the mood of ‘Resistance’, I would use the word keytar at least a dozen times, hoping to convey the fluorescent way in which Coleman present a slick as hell fusion album.
A boogying record utilising R&B and the same massive walls of symphony that his bud Kamasi loves to use, Coleman’s record feels both loungy low-key and up in the sky touching the stars. These tunes are absolute bops: on “All Around the World” he does stream-of-consciousness sing-song into a vocoder as the song smoothly rolls on around him, keys oscillating over arpeggios and sickly-fake strings winding the song up a few degrees of intensity. The juxtaposition is a wink; it never feels over the top except that it does and Coleman knows it.
With brassy fanfare, squelching keys and a handclappable beat, “Sexy” becomes the hit to beat, an aphoristic theme tune that I never wanna stop listening to. These often feel like the best moments of the record -- those where Coleman invites a whole choir of singers to join him in holding his song up to the light, creating a maximalist hit that his keyboard arrangements serve as a music bed for. 'Resistance' wants to make you one of these jubilant voices -- and it's safe to say Coleman knows how to make you do a little dance, too.
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