From Bay Area producer/musician/turntablist extraordinaire, Teeko
comes his latest solo release, Light Up The Darkness –
soon to be available in CD form via the Mellow Orange label,
along with a special limited edition, clear vinyl bonus EP
containing both instrumentals versions of select CD cuts,
+ a few exclusives as well.
Despite LUTD‘s rotating supporting cast of singers & musicians,
the album unfolds as a very focused & unified listen -
combining elements of future funk, Ayers-esque jazz,
& modern day beat elements -
that all come together to form a very consistent style & message throughout,
making for easy full & repeated listens -
something that can be all to rare in albums these days.
Selected here is an exclusive free download of
the album’s opener, “Bridge To Truth” -
which features the mighty Coultrain lighting the way,
over a steady rimshot, jazz shuffle drums & synth-led Teeko setting,
w/ Adam Theis of the Jazz Mafia assisting on the trombone.
The song may sound familiar,
as it was first previewed as an instrumental on
Blind I For The Kids back in 2008.
Train was even nice enough to provide us w/ the lyrics to the piece below.
But before that,
you can stream two other tracks from the project -
the jazzy, EP-exclusive jam, “Free Ya Soul,”
as well as the album’s first single, “Neva Find Anotha (All My Love),”
which features an inspired performance from Black Spade,
w/ Dwight Trible assisting on backing vocals,
& Kenny Brooks on the saxophone.
Also included as a bonus download,
is an instrumental meeting of the minds
btwn Teeko & two of his West Coast production peers,
LA’s Dibiase & PRTLND’s own, devonwho -
aptly titled “Young Funk Lords,”
courtesy of Teeko’s site.
BONUS DWNLD: Teeko, Dibia$e & devonwho “Young Funklords”
SUPPORT: Teeko – Light Up The Darkness CD/EP PRE-ORDERS
LYRICS: “Bridge To Truth” by Coultrain SEE BELOW
“Bridge To Truth”
written & arranged by Aaron M. Frison
Its all based on fear,
its all based on fear…
La da da…
There r no accidents, just happy accidents
Educated fools couldnt invent laws of attraction
If u dare its pretty mystery, pretty mysteriously mystery,
like violets growin constantly in the coming of spring
Just as the record spins, there’s no coincidence
Angel or demon, whichever side of ur spirit ur feedin’
& it goes as above so below, the portal is never closed
& the man who looks within is wealthier than the president
Cuz then lightnin’ strikes & skylarks sing in the dead of night,
On cue, follow the light 2 the bridge of truth….