|Gaby Hernandez — Spirit Reflection [Deluxe Edition] (Nov. 17, 2017)|
Gaby Hernandez — Spirit Reflection [Deluxe Edition] (Nov. 17, 2017) Location: Los Angeles, California
Album release: June / Nov. 17, 2017
Record Label: Mr Bongo
01. Messy Love 4:09
02. My Baobab Tree ft. Dexter Story 3:30
03. I Will Keep You ft. Kamasi Washington, Dexter Story 2:28
04. Spirit Reflection ft. Dexter Story 4:02
05. Entranced ft. Kamasi Washington, Dexter Story 3:50
06. Super Nova Lovers 3:19
07. Stay A While ft. Kamasi Washington, Dexter Story 3:41
08. Lo Mas Dulce ft. Gifted & Blessed 3:00
09. Into Oya! ft. Ammoncontact, Dexter Story 4:29
10. Windwaves ft. Dexter Story 4:18
11. Take Your Time 3:57
12. Messy Love (Instrumental) 4:09
13. Baobab Tree (Instrumental) 3:30
14. I Will Keep You (Instrumental) 2:28
15. Spirit Reflection (Instrumental) 4:01
16. Entranced (Instrumental) 3:50
17. Super Nova Lovers (Instrumental) 3:20
18. Stay A While (Instrumental) 3:41
19. Lo Mas Dulce (Instrumental) 3:00
20. Into Oya! (Instrumental) 3:36
21. Windwaves (Instrumental) 4:18
22. Take Your Time (Instrumental) 3:57
23. Messy Love (String & Vocal Mix by Miguel Atwood Ferguson) 4:01
24. Lo Mas Dulce (Natureboy Flako Remix) 2:53
25. Super Nova Lovers (Greymatter Remix) 6:01
26. Messy Love (Ologist 4k Remix) 3:53
★ Andy Kravitz: Mastered
★ Benjamin Tierney: Mixed
★ Kozyndan: Painting
★ Grace Oh: Photography
★ Gaby Hernandez: Producer
★ Dexter Story: Music, Instruments, Producer
★ Adierawo Alicia Bracey~Cruz: Vocals [Oya Invocation]
★ Carlos Niño, Dexter Story: Music, Instruments, Producer
★ Craig Ramos: Lead Vocals (9)
★ Aileen Caso, Edward Turner, Gaby Hernandez, Quanitta Cotton: Chorus
★ Atoyebi Garcia Villamil, Miguel Garcia~Villamil, Bobby Wilmore: Bata Drum, Vocals
★ Contact Field Orchestra (CFO): Effects
★ Gifted & Bless (GB): Drums, Handclaps, Percussion
★ Kamasi Washington: Arranged [Horns], Written [Horns], Recorded [Horns], Performer [Horn Arrangement]
★ AmmonContact: Music (6)
★ Tracy Wannomae: Flute (4)
★ Ryan Porter: Trombone (3)
★ Brandon “Eugene” Owens: Bass (4)
★ Stuart Howard: Producer, Music (1)
★ Alakoi Peete: (4)
The album was released in May 2017 on Mr Bongo to critical acclaim:
★ “Weird and wonderful Brazilian grooves” — The Guardian
★ “’Spirit Reflection’ entrances with its delicate, gossamer vocals drizzled over dreamy, summery soundscapes. This could be 2017’s answer to Bebel Gilberto’s ‘Taanto Tempo’” — Record Collector
★ “Jazzy, electronic folk, bossa nova sway and Tropicalia weirdness impress” — Mojo
★ Album Of The Week on Jazz FM
★ In France, the album was supported by Les Inrocks, M&C magazine, Liberation national newspaper and heavily featured across Deezer.
★ DJ support came from Gilles Peterson, Hunee, Lefto, Toshio Matsuura (U.F.O.), J~Rocc (Beat Junkies), Laurent Garnier, Osunlade, MOJO magazine, Record Collector, Nemome (BBC 6Music) and many more.
★ A true future classic, and an ‘album’ in the truest sense of the word.
★ The deluxe version features unreleased tracks, instrumentals, versions and remixes.
★ The mighty Miguel Atwood~Ferguson — Los Angeles based multi~instrumentalist, session musician, arranger, composer, music director, producer, DJ, and educator who had worked with Ray Charles, Flying Lotus, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Bilal, Seu Jorge, and Thundercat amongst others — delivers a beautiful ‘strings & vocal’ mix.
★ Natureboy Flako, Chilean~born producer extraordinaire currently residing in Berlin via LA remixes Lo Mas Dulce and takes it on a percussion~heavy G~Funk tip.
★ UK lo~fi/deep house producer Greymatter flips Super Nova Lovers into a slow motion, spaced~out, beatdown monster.
”“★λ★”“ ‘Spirit Reflection’ is the third album LP from Los Angeles singer~songwriter Gaby Hernandez. Blissful layers of instrumentation, electronics, vocal harmonies and folkloric percussion intertwine with west coast feel to create a unique, beautiful and multi~layered album.
”“★λ★”“ ‘Spirit Reflection’ features a stellar line~up of LA talent; jazz star Kamasi Washington, Stuart Howard (AKA Lapalux), Kelis and Gaslamp killer collaborator Dexter Story, plus Ninja Tune, Plug Research and Soul Jazz artist Carlos Niño aka Ammoncontact, Miguel Atwood~Ferguson and GB all accompany Gaby, with stunning results.
”“★λ★”“ The album has already received support from Nemone, Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Toshio Matsuura (U.F.O.) and J~Rocc (Beat Junkies) amongst many others.
”“★λ★”“ In our opinion this is a future classic, and an ‘album’ in the truest sense of the word. Brilliant.
”“★λ★”“ The deluxe version features unreleased tracks, instrumentals, versions and remixes.
Spirit Reflection review — weird and wonderful Brazilian grooves:
John Lewis, Thursday 15 June 2017 18.30 BST / Score: ****
”“★λ★”“ She’s a Chilean~American from Los Angeles who sings in English and Spanish, but Gaby Hernandez’s electro~acoustic creations are heavily informed by the weirdest and most wonderful areas of Brazilian music, from bossa nova to funk carioca.
”“★λ★”“ “Lo Mas Dulce” is a futuristic update of Tropicália, where a clattering berimbau groove is overlaid with space~age synths. Entranced is a galloping bossa waltz where the entire song is sung on a single note, like Jobim’s “One Note Samba”, while “My Baobab Tree” is a gorgeous choro ballad sweetened with woozy guitars. Fellow Angeleno Kamasi Washington provides tightly harmonised saxophone arrangements on three tracks but, throughout, the emphasis is on strong, bel canto vocal melodies, dreamy chord changes and seductive rhythms. Impressively, Hernandez and her collaborators (including oddball producer Dexter Story) manage to groove hard despite using the most minimal, low~volume percussion, all brushed snares, tinkling cowbells and artfully fluttering hi~hats. — Guardian (https://www.theguardian.com/)
”“★λ★”“ The mighty Miguel Atwood~Ferguson — Los Angeles based multi~instrumentalist, session musician, arranger, composer, music director, producer, DJ, and educator who had worked with Ray Charles, Flying Lotus, Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Bilal, Seu Jorge, and Thundercat amongst others — delivers a beautiful ‘strings & vocal’ mix.
”“★λ★”“ Natureboy Flako, Chilean~born producer extraordinaire currently residing in Berlin via LA remixes Lo Mas Dulce and takes it on a percussion~heavy G~Funk tip.
”“★λ★”“ UK lo~fi/deep house producer Greymatter flips Super Nova Lovers into a slow motion, spaced~out, beatdown monster.
”“★λ★”“ Ologist 4K remixes Messy Love and takes it on a banging hip hop vibe. Ologist is a Virginia based producer best known for his soulful hip hop instrumentals. As a member of the production crew Better Beat Bureau (BBB), he’s released three instrumental projects and a series of behind the beat videos. The BBB crew members have crafted tracks for some hip hop greats, including Pharoahe Monch, Supastition, Fat Joe, Skyzoo and more. When he’s not producing tracks or collecting records, he’s working on his new label Common Good Records along with partner Jason “Analog Burners” McGuiness. — gabyhernandez.bandcamp.com
★ Born, raised and based in Los Angeles and of Chilean descent, Gaby Hernandez has been writing and recording since 2001. She was a founding member of the ‘creative music ensemble’ Build An Ark alongside others including Carlos Niño, Dexter Story and Dwight Trible.
★ Gaby was the only vocalist on Teebs’ debut Brainfeeder release Ardour. She made major contributions to AmmonContact’s Ninja Tune releases New Birth and With Voices, plus The Life Force Trio's Plug Research album Living Room. She was also the vocalist on Dimlite’s Outernational Duet — released as part of his highly acclaimed Sonar Kollektiv long~player This Is Embracing.
★ Hernandez was invited by Mia Doi Todd to sing on the Jonathan Wilson produced song Canto de Iemanja, which was included on Todd’s City Zen record Cosmic Ocean Ship and the Red Hot + Rio 2 compilation, which also featured Beck, Seu Jorge, Aloe Blacc, David Byrne and Madlib.
|Gaby Hernandez — Spirit Reflection [Deluxe Edition] (Nov. 17, 2017)|
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