A couple of weeks ago, Tokyo Dawn Records released their second compilation from their 'The Heart' series, which pays "musical homage to the iconic heart symbol [that] refers to the core of the human being, representing love and passion worldwide."
The Heart Volume Two includes unreleased love music, including previews from upcoming Tokyo Dawn albums. Hear music from Colonel Red, Diana Krall, Boom Clap Bachelors, Marc Mac, Erik Rico, and Amalia amongst many others. And many high fives to the Tokyo Dawn crew for the gorgeous artwork.
With a career spanning over a decade that includes three albums on Ninja Tune/Big Dada and a reputation for energetic performances the world over, Ty is no stranger to this music 'ish. A native of London with Nigerian roots, his music speaks diversity as he shines on production, lyric content, and London-inflected hip-hop delivery. Ty continues this tradition on his latest effort Special Kind Of Foolwith the help of some very special guests including Anthony Mills, Carroll Thompson, Corey Mwamba, D-Cross, Erik Rico, Finn Peters, Leo Ihenacho, Robin Mullarkey, Roses Gabor, Sarina Leah, Shaun Escoffery, Soweto Kinch, Sway, Terri Walker, Vula Malinga, and Wreh-Asha.
On this album, Ty transforms his emotions into a palatable listening experience that we all can feel, and reminds us “You can dumb down the music and make everybody dance but you can’t take the pain away.” In addition to offering his listeners glimpses into his personal motivations behind the music, Ty is also effective in articulating societal pressures as he speaks on contemporary culture, employment, race, class, youth, mortality and the desire and effort to overcome the harshness that can sometimes consume us.
Here he is explaining why it was important for him to make this album as well as where he was emotionally during the process:
You may already be familiar with his production on “Supernova”, the single from Joy Jones’ debut album, Godchild, released on Future Soul Records (and a Giant Step favorite!). He continues to show his versatility on this latest project, with sample and synth driven tracks, polyrhythms, and even flips the time signature on the title track, proving this isn’t your standard backbeat 4/4 hip-hop. Highlights include: “Don’t Cry,” “Wait,” “Something Big,” “Emotions,” “Me,” “Falling,” and the beautiful instrumental “Endtro.”
Stay tuned for a 2010 tour.
Ty - "Me ft. Erik Rico" (from Special Kind of Fool)[mp3]