Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape)
Drummer/producer Makaya McCraven traveled to London in October of 2017 to record material for a new album (which has since been titled Universal Beings & will come out on International Anthem in Fall of 2018). Over the course of 3 days in London, Makaya connected with first time collaborators (Theon Cross, Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon-Jones, Soweto Kinch, Ashley Henry, Daniel Casimir and Kamaal Williams), and in addition to the Universal Beings studio sessions, did 2 improvised performances as part of a 2-night showcase called CHICAGOxLONDON presented by International Anthem & EZH Mag at legendary UK Jazz hub Total Refreshment Centre (TRC). The following Sunday afternoon five producers (LeFtO, Ben LaMar Gay, Quiet Dawn, Earl Jeffers & Don Leisure of the Darkhouse Family) were invited to TRC to participate in an event called Fresh Roasted: Live Beat-Making & Battle, where they did live remixes of the recordings from Makaya & co’s CHICAGOxLONDON performances. In the subsequent months, remixes by Emma-Jean Thackray and Lexus Blondin were added to the pool, at which point Makaya took all the remixes and the raw live recordings from TRC back to his home studio in Chicago, chopped everything up and re-composed the music into two continuous side suites for this CHICAGOxLONDON mixtape.
The initial release of Makaya McCraven – Where We Come From (CHICAGOxLONDON Mixtape) will be available exclusively on Apple Music, along with 4 short documentary videos directed by Mark Pallman that chronicle the making of the music – following Makaya through his arrival at Total Refreshment Centre and first meetings with the London artists, through the CHICAGOxLONDON shows and the Fresh Roasted event, through his unique post-compositional production process at his home studio in Chicago. The album releases on Apple Music on June 29th.
Recorded live at Total Refreshment Centre 18 & 19 October 2017 (CHICAGOxLONDON).
Live recordings mixed at Total Refreshment Studios 20 & 21 October 2017.
Remixed live at Total Refreshment Centre 22 October 2017 (FRESH ROASTED: Live Beat-Making & Battle).
Performed by Makaya McCraven - drums; Soweto Kinch - saxophone, voice; Theon Cross - tuba; Joe Armon-Jones - Rhodes piano; Nubya Garcia - saxophone; Kamaal Williams - keys.
Remix Production & Additional Overdubs by LeFtO; Don Leisure & Earl Jeffers (Darkhouse Family); Ben LaMar Gay; Emma-Jean Thackray; Quiet Dawn; Lexus Blondin.
Mixtape Production by Makaya McCraven
Recorded & Mixed by Dave Vettraino & David Allen
Recording Assisted by Matteo Musetti
Edited by Makaya McCraven
Mastered by David Allen
Photography by Fabrice Bourgelle
Design by Raimund Wong
Associate Production by Alejandro Ayala, Tina Edwards & Lexus Blondin
Executive Production by Scott McNiece
Special Thanks: Will Savery, Steven King, Garrett Shelton, Lauren Kasper, Mark Pallman, David Burkhart, Lori Mendoza, Angel Bat Dawid, Ken Okuda, Simbad, Stella Kun, Emma Warren, Lexy Morvaridi, Oran Maneti, Will Shanahan, Kim Alpert, Junius Paul, Jaimie Branch, Tomeka Reid, Alexander Hawkins, Tina Richard, Aly Gillani, Kristian 'Capitol K' Robinson, and Gus.