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The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based six-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, and live percussion to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music. St. Juste and Ehara are joined by four remarkable bandmates to create their multidimensional music: drummer Chris Thalmann, keyboard/synth player Mahesh Rao, percussionist Mirza Kopelman, and sampler Kumar Butler. They take inspiration from across the musical spectrum; their individual influences range from recognizable artists (Erykah Badu, Jai Paul, James Blake, Radiohead, and Broadcast) to genres and eras that don’t initially appear to fit together (hip hop, indie rock, early electronica, and 70’s dub). Their unique alchemy of seemingly disparate sounds has led fans and critics alike to describe the band as defying categorization.
The Seshen’s latest release, Flames & Figures (October 14, 2016 – Tru Thoughts), was two years in the making and marks an evolution in their distinctive sound. Narrated by St. Juste’s lyrical stream of consciousness, Flames & Figures explores themes of femininity, power, illusion, and loss, as she draws on both her personal experiences and the world of her imagination.
The band remains in high demand, supporting live shows with the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, tUnE-yArDs, Thundercat, Petite Noir and many more. Look for The Seshen on tour in both the U.S. and Europe in 2018.
“A lot of artists tout, in their minds at least, that they’re the epitome of cool. But few exemplify that through their music like The Seshen.” – MASS APPEAL
“The Seshen continue to impress with every release.” – OKAYPLAYER
“It’s always cause for celebration when there’s new music from The Seshen” – AFROPUNK
“A resounding success and refreshing listen…” BANDCAMP
“Beautiful, soulful, and just a little otherworldly…Lalin St. Juste’s voice is the perfect counterpoint, pouring through the spaces between keys and loops like honey” – POPMATTERS
Formed in 2012, this band’s mix of sass and brass is guaranteed to make you sweat just as much as it makes you think. Continuing in the tradition of badass Bay Area family bands, Midtown Social picks up the beat from Sly & the Family Stone and takes off from where Jefferson Airplane landed. Known across the region for their chic and soulful sound as well as their epic dance parties, Midtown Social moved SF Weekly to declare that “An alabaster statue would have two-stepped to that magic.”
Touring the West Coast for the past two years, Midtown has been featured at such music festivals as High Sierra, Guitarfish, and Stern Grove, playing for audiences in the thousands while sharing the stage with pop icons such as Janelle Monae and Kehlani.
Midtown Social is a diverse community of writers, musicians, and dreamers. They are black and white, queer and straight, married and single. They represent the face of young America—and they are the new California Soul.
Recorded at Zoo Labs in the heart of West Oakland with the help of Grammy nominated producer, Jeff Kolhede, this compilation speaks with the voice of a generation that understands the power and beauty of diversity. Each track highlights a different side of the Midtown community by drawing upon the many colorful musical impulses that compose it. Experimenting with Neo-soul and psychedelic syncopations, this LP goes where no Midtown record has gone before.
Midtown Social has a story to tell. They sing of tribulation and triumph, and what it means to be an artist in America today. With every groove and back beat, they prove to themselves, to their socialites, and to the world… that you can’t stop the music.
With spectral grooves, caressing textures and luminescent melodic hooks, Ghost & the City’s new EP TIME captures cool blue light in a bottle with a sensuous trip-hop jazz sound. Emerging from Oakland’s thrumming underground music scene, the ensemble melds the alluring vocals of soulstress Kia Fay, the elastic beats of drummer Will Jenkins, and the lyrically charged keyboard and synth work of Ash Maynor, who also writes most of the material. Featured trumpeter Ross Eustis offers a burnished brass foil to Kia Fay’s buttery voice, all enfolded in luscious sound design by Aki Ehara, a sought-after studio wizard who’s produced tracks for innovative Bay Area acts such as Vverevvolf, Trails and Ways, and Make Under (while also playing bass for Oakland’s esteemed neo-soul outfit The Seshen).
The DNA for Ghost & the City’s new sound is evident on the group’s 2015 EP Patchwork Soul, which led to gigs opening for heavyweights like
Hiatus Kaiyote, The Internet, and Shabazz Palaces. But the songs on TIME represent an evolutionary sonic leap, with intricately crafted soundscapes that evoke the excitement and dismay of a region undergoing cultural tectonic shifts. While the group’s sound emanates from tomorrow, timeless musical values are embodied in the EP’s sole cover, a riveting rendition of Bobby Womack’s late-career masterpiece “Please Forgive My Heart.”
Rapidly gaining notice as a signature West Coast musical force, Ghost & the City continues to hone a sound that embraces a multiplicity of styles while melting away from superficial labels.