Mark de Clive-Lowe has had a busy year so far. He has released albums titled Heritage and Heritage II, as well as being an integral part of the sound on Ronin Arkestra’s brand new album Sonkei. He describes his newest project CHURCH Sessions as “equal parts jazz club, dance party and live remix experiment.” The sound of the project as a whole matches that description perfectly.
It’s an impressive 14 tracks long and features contributions from the likes of Colectivo Arte & Manha, Stro Elliot, 14KT and Tommaso Cappellato among others. “Mystic Brew” for example, is a cover of Ronnie Foster’s classic of the same name, and features some incredible bass-heavy grooves with infectious drumming. The Stro Elliot at 14KT assisted “Part One,” “Part Two” and “Part Three” feature some hard-hitting drums as expected, really bringing thumping hip-hop production to this album. The crazy composition on “Blueberries” is eclectic and lively one, with crazy keys and a brilliant beat throughout. “ESSS” features Todd Simon and Te’amir and features some eclectic keys and rhythms, while having a thumping beat that adds to the aesthetic and energy of the track. The drumming and percussion on “Ancient Prophecy” with Tommaso Cappellato are both incredibly infectious – another of my favourites on this album. Overall, this is a pretty great album, with a diverse set of tracks that showcase the talents of some really skilled and amazing musicians. Big ups Mark yet again for putting out great music!
Listen to Mark de Clive-Lowe’s new collaborative album CHURCH Sessions below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via World Galaxy / Alpha Pup.